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Help! How Do I Get More “Me” Time When My Mom Needs Me Constantly?

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Tips for Senior Caregivers from the Home Instead Team

Taking care of your mom or dad is a noble cause. They spent years doing the same for you. It seems fair to return the favour. Yet, being your parent’s caregiver is bound to take its toll on you and your relationships at some point of this journey. Running from your job to your loved one’s home and then on to your children’s activities can leave you exhausted. If you have a significant other, how do you fit in date night? Finding time for yourself can leave you feeling guilty. The opposite should be true!

Insisting on finding “me” time is crucial to help you manage an extremely busy and demanding life. You might be surprised to learn that taking time for yourself will give you more energy and better stress handling capabilities. When you are ready for a break but fear leaving Mom or Dad to their own devices, a Home Instead Senior Care Personal Support Worker (PSW) can help by providing respite care for as long as you need.

Use these Senior Caregiver Tips to Find Precious “Me” Time

The Sandwich Generation is not going away anytime soon, so take steps to care for yourself while caring for your family. You will feel better and keep your health from deteriorating fast. Use these suggestions to get it done:

  • Pen Personal Time into Your Calendar – You may be living with the mantra “if it isn’t on the calendar, it won’t happen.” Just like going to the doctor must be scheduled, you need to put down your appointment with yourself. This is for quiet alone time. Avoid doing household chores. Instead, find the things you would like to do to relax, such as drinking a cup of tea, getting a manicure, or reading a chapter in your favourite novel. Try to find time daily for 15 minutes of quiet, then on a weekly basis, schedule a larger block of time.
  • Make a “Me” Cave in Your Home – It helps if you can remove yourself from the dishes in the sink or the laundry piled on your bed. Try to find a corner or spare room where you can hide away. This is sacred space where you are left alone to recharge. You can even make it special through decorating and pulling in a comfy chair.
  • Outsource Some Respite Care – Yes, outsourcing help can really benefit you and your family. Many caregivers underestimate the value of hiring help, so you can regroup and recharge. For a lot of people it is priceless! A professional caregiver can come in and give you the time you need. The idea of outsourcing can be expanded to include housekeeping services, grocery delivery, and even yard work.

Reliable Home Health Care Services Give You the “Me” Time You Deserve

Take care of your senior loved one and your family better when you care for yourself. The stress and wear on your emotional and physical wellbeing should not be overlooked. Instead, take charge of your needs with senior care help from a professional caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke. Our PSWs work with families to ensure everyone can enjoy this season of life.

Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in our Etobicoke community.


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