New Year Resolutions are about looking inward and setting goals for the new year. Often, these include losing weight, self-care, and trying new things. But when you are a family caregiver to an older person, it can also be important to factor them into the equation. This article will discuss some potential goals and resolutions for caretakers of older family members.

Spending More Quality Time With Your Loved One

When caring for an older family member, much of your time with them is spent on care. But it is also important to spend quality time with them. Consider taking the time to watch a favorite movie or take them on a fun outing. Older people often feel much less independent when they require more in-home care. Be sure to encourage them to have an active role in planning your activities together. This will help bolster feelings of agency.

Organize Family Photos

For some families, boxes of unsorted photos can be a daunting undertaking. But it is also nice to walk down memory lane together. Your loved one can help contextualize old family photos or identify distant relatives. Consider creating a sorting system for all of the photos. Scrapbooking is also a great crafting project for the whole family.

Take Time for Yourself

Caregivers are often juggling many responsibilities. Unfortunately, your own needs may be put on the back burner for your loved ones’ care. It is vital to care for yourself too. Schedule time to care for yourself. Your physical, mental, and emotional health care should not be deteriorating at the expense of caring for your loved one. Sometimes, you have to take a step back to take care of your own needs.

Setting Healthy Boundaries as a Family Caregiver

When caring for an older loved one, it can be hard to set boundaries without feeling some guilt. But it is important to set boundaries for your well-being. Communicating these boundaries is especially vital. Learn how to say “no” more. Set realistic limits for yourself. Be sure to effectively communicate frustrations and feelings with others. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help from other family members.

Finding Additional Help for Your Loved One

Over time, your loved one will likely require more care. In some cases, their spouse may also need assistance. Or the passing of their spouse may mean they require even more assistance around the house. It is always a good idea to weigh your options when it comes to hiring care. In-home care assistance allows your loved one to age in place and maintain some independence while getting the care they need. Furthermore, hiring help at home can mean that you have more time to focus on your own needs. A Certified Home Health Aide can assist your loved one with daily care, light housekeeping, maintaining proper hygiene, doctor’s visits, and more. Research reputable agencies near your loved one, and look for those that have a long history of providing quality care for aging individuals.

Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services has provided excellent home care on Staten Island since 1967. Our services help older individuals and the disabled live safely and independently; while giving their families the peace of mind they need. For more information contact us or call (718)-979-6900.