Do you have someone in your home who is battling a long-term illness and is dependent on you for their daily tasks? Are you one of those family caregivers who is trying hard to manage multiple tasks of providing full-time care to a loved one while fulfilling professional commitments? If the answer to these questions is a yes, then, you are trying hard to make your loved one comfortable with their daily tasks and trying hard to manage work and other responsibilities in your life.
With age, you may notice that your loved one gradually losing interest in performing daily tasks independently. Household management planning is extremely important to effectively manage the needs of your loved one. The following are seven tips for organizing the care of your loved one:
Daily Hygiene Care Planning
No matter your age, it is important to maintain hygiene. However, as one ages the ability to fight infections decreases. Additionally, the chances of infections increase with poor personal hygiene practices, and therefore it is necessary that you keep a regular check. Keep up with your loved one’s personal hygiene can present a number of challenges. You might incorporate a bath lift into your loved one’s plan to maintain regular hygiene.
Modify Living Space
In addition, as one ages, there is a tendency for physical capacity to deteriorate, increasing risk for falls and accidents. Therefore, making their living space safe and secure should be the priority. Remove the clutter and make sufficient space, so that your loved one can move about freely and chances of falls and accidents are minimized. Also, ensure that all the rooms and hallways are well lit so that your loved one does not have to move around in the dark.
Consider the Option of Home Health Care
Depending on the health status of your loved one, you would want to consider the option of home health care. It is better to take note of assisted living facilities and nursing homes beforehand, rather than waiting until the last minute. Also, here is an article to know when it is time for assisted living.
Plan for Daily Activities of Living and Exercise
Depression is inevitable as one ages and more so for those loved ones who live alone. Arrange for their daily walks, exercise, and other physical activities, so they remain active. You can also enroll them in some health clubs so that they are engaged throughout the day.
Ensure Good Food Habits
Good food habits are particularly important. You need to ensure that your loved ones are having proper nutritious meals every day. If they are not fond of cooking, make sure they have some quick healthy fix for their meals, and do not always depend on outside packed meals.
Caregiving and Household Management Planning
Caregiving is a full-time job. A number of studies have described the growing trend of caregiving. There are many tasks a caregiver may need to fulfill. You cannot be everywhere and perform every task alone. If you try to handle all your caregiving duties independently, you may end up sacrificing your mental health and ineffectively fulfilling those responsibilities, which could have been managed, perhaps with some outside help.
Time Management – Why it is Important
Time management is extremely essential for caregivers who must manage home, an ailing loved one, and professional commitments. When you effectively manage your time, you probably are giving yourself the space to declutter your mind and body. If you are one of those caregivers who feel that 24 hours in a day is not enough for you, then following these tips will help you:
- Before you go to bed, write out a to-do list and prioritize your activities.
- Have an organized working environment that would help you to reduce stress.
- Acknowledge your limitations and be realistic. Be honest with yourself and stay positive. Avoid over stressing yourself with more responsibilities than you need to.
- Take breaks whenever you feel like. Breaks rejuvenate you and make you more energetic and focused.
- Take care of your own well-being. You can take care of others, only if you are healthy.
- Have a contingency plan ready for emergency situations. Explore unforeseen scenarios and have a backup ready for all that can be done during the crisis period.
- Do not shy away from support. Asking for help, would in no way make you any less of a human being.
- Know all the signs of caregiver burnout!
When you are busy taking care of a loved one and simultaneously managing the household and professional duties, your dreams often get lost in the shuffle. Often, a small effort from your end can make things work and you may be better able to attain your goals. Prioritize your time and get in touch with a caregiving consultant, who can give you precise and practical ideas and advice on how to go about managing your work, caregiving, and time management.
About the Author
Tena Scallan is a passionate virtual assistant, caregiving consultant, business owner and published author with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry.
Tena has dedicated her life’s work to working in hospitals, running her own in-home caregiving agency and providing coaching and consulting for family caregivers.
Tena firmly believes that both home and lifestyle can be preserved by in-home compassionate caregiving in the face of aging or illness. Check out her site at: http://www.theultimatecaregivingexpert.com