Five New Years Resolutions for Family Caregivers

Did you make a New Year’s resolution?

If you’re caring for an aging loved one, you may be tempted to forego resolutions this year. After all, why would you want to add to your already long to-do list?

Instead of vowing to lose 10 pounds, consider the following resolutions that may improve your overall health and well-being as well as your ability to care for the ones you love.

Prioritize self-care

It’s often hard to justify taking time for yourself when others need you, but self-care is essential. You’ll be a better caregiver if you first take care of yourself. Make sure you eat well, exercise daily, relax when you can and get plenty of sleep.

Plan ahead

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you don’t have a clear idea of what’s on your plate. Preparing a weekly schedule will help you balance work, caregiving (doctors appointments, meal preparation, etc.) and other family activities to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. It will also help reduce last-minute stress.

Accept help

No one can do it all… all the time. Even if it doesn’t always feel like it, there are people you can turn to for help – other family members, friends, church groups, and others who can help clean, cook or take the kids so you can have a little time off. Also, check to see if there’s a caregiver support group in your area – it often helps to know you’re not alone.

Find the silver lining

While often challenging, caring for aging loved ones can be incredibly rewarding. Take some time each day to pause and find a reason to smile.

Consider future needs

There may come a time when your loved one needs more care than you can provide. Planning ahead and researching care options – whether it’s in-home assistance or moving to assisted living – could save a lot of time and stress in the future. 

“If you think your loved one might need assistance, we can help,” said Sierra Goetz, co-founder and operations manager at the Home Care Advocacy Network. “At HCAN, we help families find the perfect balance between caring for their loved ones and taking good care of themselves. From companionship to personal and dementia care, our trained, professional caregivers are committed to helping you meet the unique needs of your aging loved ones – while giving you peace of mind.”

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