Caregivers need more help than they’re often willing to admit. The problem often is that it’s difficult to figure out where that help is most needed. Breaking the task down can help you make progress on figuring out what steps to take.
Make a List of What Isn’t Working
The things that don’t work well for you and your senior family member are the things that throw a wrench in your day. So take a minute and get a list going of what it is that throws you off. Maybe it’s handling certain errands or helping your senior get her housekeeping done on top of your own. If you don’t want to sit down and put a list together, start making notes whenever something upends your routine.
Determine What Is Working
Even though it might feel as if nothing is working right at times that is not necessarily the case. There are definitely some situations that do everything you need them to do and more. The trick is figuring out how to get more of that going in your caregiving experience. Analyzing what’s working helps you know which direction to take.
Look at Where You Bridge the Gap
In between what’s working and what isn’t working is the gap that you need to fill. This is the respite time you’re not taking or the exercise you’re not getting. Whatever wasn’t working for you in the first step has a solution, but you need to accept it. For instance, hiring senior care providers is an ideal solution that you might overlook. Home care providers fill that gap and help you shift what isn’t working to the other column.
Keep up with Changes
No situation remains static. What works for you now might not be working in the next few months. Changes happen rapidly during the course of caring for the people that you love. If you periodically touch base with where you stand, you’ll be able to bridge the gap between what’s working and what isn’t much more efficiently. In the end, you’re more in touch with what you need on a regular basis.
Often you’re so busy doing things that you don’t really have time to stop and think about what you really need. If you can just take a little bit of time to determine what you need, you’ll be able to free up your time and energy on a regular basis.