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Guard Your Health with Time Management Tips for Caregivers

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Giving yourself the gift of respite makes you a better family caregiver because it can recharge you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Tips for Senior Caregivers from the Home Instead Team

Time management is big business. There are gurus out there touting a 4-hour work week or some other new system that will shave hours off your day. The intention is good; they want to help you make the most of your 168 hours each week. Implementing this may be another story as you juggle being a spouse, employee, child, parent, and more. Getting it all done is not possible without some help and taking care of yourself. Sometimes time management is more about prioritizing than it is putting duties in tidy little boxes.

Caregiver stress and burnout are on the rise as more and more families enter the Sandwich Generation. Living in a state of exhaustion can be avoided with some tips and the help of a Home Instead Senior Care Personal Support Worker. Our caring team can step in and alleviate your stress and worry while ensuring your loved one’s needs are met.

Helpful Tips to Manage Your Time as a Family Caregiver

Eliminating stress completely may not be possible, but lessening the effects is doable. You can still care for your loved one while letting them live their life in the comfort of their home with our help and these tips:

  • Start with Your Needs First: You have probably heard the concept before. Take care of yourself before taking care of others. It is not about being selfish. It is about nurturing your mental, physical, and emotional health, so you can better serve others. Sometimes it will require calling in the reserves, whether it is family or respite care, but it will be worth it for all parties involved.
  • Become an Avid List Maker: It is easy to get sidetracked and forget things. Consider brainstorming everything that you need to do. Go ahead and write it all down. Before you get overwhelmed, though, go through the list and decide what has to be done now, what can be delegated, and what can wait.
  • Plan Ahead as Much as You Can: Keep your calendar handy and review it for upcoming doctors’ appointments, kids’ events, and other important dates. It helps you alleviate last-minute scrambles. This tip also goes for medications. Refill prescriptions as soon as insurance allows, so doses are never missed.
  • Combine Activities But Avoid Multi-Tasking: While it may seem like a paradox, there are some activities you can do while engaging with family. For example, you can fold clothes and chat with your mom, or you can put away dishes while helping your child with homework. Do not try to do two tasks at the same time that require concentration. For instance, avoid filling out a Medicaid form for your dad while preparing a presentation for work.
  • Manage Your Expectations: There is no time for perfectionism. You cannot expect to prepare a four-course meal when you only have 30-minutes to cook, eat, and get out the door to the next activity. Learn what you realistically can and cannot do, and then let go of the need to be perfect. This also infers that you will need to stay flexible as things will continue to change.

Dependable Senior Home Health Care Services Help You Manage Your Time

Manage your limited time effectively when you enlist the services of senior care help from a professional caregiver. At Home Instead Senior Care Brampton, our highly-trained and caring PSWs work with you and your family to ensure everyone can enjoy this ever-changing season of life.

Call us at (905) 463-0860 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in the Brampton, Caledon, Woodbridge, Halton Hills area.


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