Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s can be a stressful experience. At times, you may feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities, unsure of the future, and anxious about the level of care you can adequately provide. It’s important to know that you are not alone. Along with help from the trusted Parkinson’s caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Douglas County, there are simple steps any family caregiver can take to relieve stress and maintain a positive attitude when caregiving.
- Get enough sleep. Make sure you schedule sufficient time to rest each and every night. Most people need at least six uninterrupted hours, preferably eight, to function well. Attending to a senior loved one’s needs throughout the night can make this a difficult task without the help of an overnight or 24 hour caregiver in Douglas County, but adequate rest is essential for caregiver health and a positive attitude.
- Get organized. Trying to track medications, doctor’s appointments, and therapy sessions can be difficult enough. If you’re also trying to assist your loved one in managing their finances and daily life it can all get very confusing. Put everything that can be automated on auto-pay/refill, and get a good organizing calendar or check out some of the available caregiving apps for mobile devices to help with the rest.
- Schedule mini-breaks. Ask for help from relatives or the local community to allow you free time away from caregiving for at least an hour or two several times a week. Professional Parkinson’s caregivers in Douglas County can also be scheduled on an as-needed basis to help with errands, daily chores, personal care activities, transportation to medical appointments, and so much more.
- Join a support group. The National Parkinson’s Foundation offers local, in-person support groups across the nation to help caregivers. If you’re unsure about meeting with others face to face, there are also many online forums and groups that offer the same level of support, allowing you to exchange stories, experiences, and caregiving tips with others in similar situations.
- Don’t give up hobbies. It is essential that family caregivers maintain their own life. Caregivers should continue to participate in hobbies and activities that have always given them joy. Oftentimes, these activities can be therapeutic and allow the caregiver to rest and recharge.
- Try to have fun. With the help of your loved one, plan fun activities you can enjoy together. Arranging for joint social activities, such as attending book clubs or art classes that both caregiver and patient can enjoy, can help to enhance the caregiving bond. Even a casual picnic or a daily walk together can boost spirits and reduce tension.
For more information about Parkinson’s care or to schedule respite, reach out to an experienced Care Manager from Home Care Assistance, a trusted Douglas County senior home care provider. We offer flexible and tailored Parkinson’s plans, trained caregivers, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call 720-441-3522 to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.