It’s so difficult to be a caregiver and know that your elderly family member is facing the end of her life. Because of the stress and the pressure involved, it’s really easy to overlook one or more key factors that can make caregiving at this stage so much easier on you and your aging adult.
Are There Tasks that Need Completing?
When you’re a caregiver, there are always tasks that need completing, if you’re honest. But as your elderly family member edges closer to the end of her life, you might find that there are tasks and chores that are falling by the wayside simply because you want to be spending as much time with your senior as you can. Keep a running list of what needs to be done and delegate as much as you possibly can.
Are You Eating and Sleeping?
Keep track of when you last ate and slept. Making yourself keep track of these items in a notebook or on a calendar helps to keep you honest with yourself. It’s easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself, especially when so much needs to be done for your elderly family member. Find ways to get help with that, too. Hiring hospice care providers brings in people who have experience with caregivers and aging adults at this time in the caregiving journey.
Have You Taken Regular Breaks?
Beyond just sleeping and eating when you need it, you also need time away from caregiving altogether. This is true even when you’re worried that the end could come at any time. If all that you do is take an hour or two a couple of times a week to leave, make sure that you do just that. When you do leave for a bit, make sure that you’re doing something that is far removed from caregiving.
Are You Getting the Emotional Support that You Need?
As your elderly family member enters the later stages of her life, it’s possible that everyone who loves both you and her is equally devastated. Because of that, it’s difficult for you to get the emotional support that you might need. It might be time for you to work with a professional who can give you tips and tools to manage your grief and any other feelings.
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it as a caregiver. You can’t possibly do everything completely on your own and you have yourself to look after as well.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hospice care in Bethlehem, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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