Providing daily care for an elderly loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease can be as overwhelming as it is rewarding. It’s easy to lose yourself in the care of your loved one, but ultimately, not taking care of yourself prevents you from providing the best care to your loved one. The experienced caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Placer County are familiar with the complexities of balancing both your life and the daily responsibilities of another’s. Here are four caregiver-tested resolutions to adopt for an outstanding 2015.
Educate yourself as much as you can about Alzheimer’s disease. Learning about the progression of the disease may be difficult, but being educated will better prepare you for what the future holds and allow you to change how you care for your loved one as their mental states changes. Conducting research will also familiarize you with the latest and most effective treatments for this disease.
Keep a Journal
At the end of each day, take some time to jot down a few observations and thoughts. This practice will help you see what changes to care need to be made. You may also learn things about your loved one, like what activities bring him or her the most joy, or what things aren’t at all pleasurable. Additionally, take an inventory of your own feelings. It will help you see what good things have happened during the day, as well as provide a way to vent any negative or stressful feelings.
Take Mini Vacations
Taking regular, short vacations (think 1-3 days) will help improve your mood by giving you something to look forward to. Check websites like Groupon for hotel steals within driving distance, or do a staycation at a local hotel for a night. When you need a break, find a Placer County Alzheimer’s home care provider that can send a qualified hourly or live-in caregiver to care for your loved one while you enjoy a period of respite.
Celebrate Daily Achievements
To prevent you from dwelling on tough moments, celebrate daily achievements. For instance, cherish and celebrate each day that your elderly relative remembers how to dress, feed, and bathe himself or herself. Alzheimer’s caregiver know that every accomplishment is a big one.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is no easy task. You may be pleasantly surprised at the positive difference these tips will have on you and your beloved senior relative in 2015. If you find yourself needing a period of rest or additional help for your loved one, contact Home Care Assistance to learn more about our trusted, highly-trained Placer County caregivers. Speak with a Care Manager today by calling (916) 226-3737 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.