Being an inefficient family caregiver is perfectly fine, but it might mean that you’re spending more time and energy managing your loved one’s needs than you really have to. That time can be better spent enjoying your loved one’s company instead.
Have a Plan for Everything
If you’re new to being a caregiver, you probably feel as if you spend most of your time flying by the seat of your pants. It’s important for you to sit down and start figuring out plans. You’ll need to manage paperwork for your loved one, manage her schedule, and any number of other tasks. When you can put together a plan that helps you to manage all of that, you won’t have to stop and think when it comes to every single task.
Everything about what you do for your loved one is important, first of all, but some things are more important than others. So go through all of the aspects of your loved one’s care that you manage and start ranking them. The items that are of the highest priorities are the ones that you might have to manage personally and that need to be handled no matter what. Other items might be items you can delegate to home care providers or to other family members.
Get Help Right Away Instead of Waiting
You might want to handle everything yourself and that’s admirable. But it isn’t realistic. You’ll need help and now is a great time to get that help. If you wait, you’re only going to put yourself into a situation in which you need help immediately and there’s none to be found anywhere.
Become Familiar with Local Resources
The more familiar you are with local resources, the better for both you and your elderly loved one. Contact local agencies and find out what they can do for your loved one now and in the future. The ones that can’t help you now may be your best resources later, so don’t lose that information. Keep a file for future reference and make sure to update it regularly with new resources as you find them.
No day is perfect, of course, but these steps can help you to get your caregiving situation under control.