At All Seasons Homecare we know that caregiving comes with many challenges: physical, mental, and emotional. At our company, we offer the very best in-home respite care and full-time in-home caregiving services for seniors. Beyond that, we offer support for families of our senior-clients and also offer in-home caregiver jobs for those looking to make an incredibly positive impact in people’s lives.
While the challenges of caregiving can be many, there’s nothing our caregivers and client families can’t face together. At All Seasons Homecare, we also want to help family members maintain their own physical and emotional health as partners in caregiving. Read on to discover the key elements to put into place to maintain healthy boundaries as a caregiver, while continuing to provide the exemplary care your loved one deserves.
#1. Share Caregiving Responsibilities
It can be challenging to talk with your family about sharing caregiving duties, especially if you have already stepped into the position of primary caregiver and feel others are relying heavily on you. It’s never too late to ask for help however, and sometimes others are eager to assist whether it is by:
- actually stepping in to give you a break by caring for your loved one directly on certain days.
- running errands like going to the grocery store or taking your loved ones to doctor appointments.
- stopping over to provide social engagement by playing games, reading aloud, or watching a movie.
- helping with tasks like cooking, laundry, or cleaning.
It’s wonderful to have a supportive family and/or network of friends who can work with you to create a schedule to balance everyone’s needs. Never underestimate the importance of quality time spent with your loved one and other family members as well. Schedule a movie night, a game night, or a time to just sit and relax together to make everyone’s day better.
#2 Prioritize Self-Care
It’s easy to become a martyr when you are a primary caregiver, but it is essential that you make time to schedule healthy self-care practices. Alone time is essential to meditate, read, practice yoga, do some art, exercise, or process your own thoughts and emotions. It’s also great to build in social time by going to lunch or on a walk with a friend, scheduling a spa day to pamper yourself, or heading out to the movies for a couple hours of zoning out.
There’s no need to feel guilty when taking a break from caregiving because it is the very act of taking a break and caring for yourself that will help you avoid burnout and make you a better caregiver in the long run.
#3. Partner with a Compassionate, In-home Caregiver from All Seasons
At All Seasons Homecare we offer in-home caregiver jobs to only the best in the business, and we require that not only do our employees practice professionalism and friendliness, but that they always put the client first and bring their expertise to each family in a way that works for them. We can partner with you in whatever manner serves you and your family best.
A Variety of In-Home Care Services
Whether you need a full-time in-home caregiver, in-home respite care, or part-time caregiver to support family members with caregiving tasks, All Seasons Homecare can provide the exact caregiver you need. Our in-home respite care services are also essential so that you can take time out of your busy schedule to practice the self-care techniques we mentioned and take care of other things in your life like your own job, family, and other responsibilities.
The All Seasons Homecare Difference
At All Seasons Homecare, we offer everything from all-day care with meal preparation, medication administration and socialization, to shorter 4-hour caregiving window, and even 24/7 in-home senior care in Contra Costa and surrounding counties. We can also offer cooking, light housekeeping, transportation to medical appointments, and help with personal care needs such as bathing, dressing, and toileting.
Call us today at 925-363-4900 to schedule an appointment to meet with an in-home care specialist or to learn more about all of the wonderful services we offer to support our clients and their families. We look forward to partnering with you to do the important work of caregiving together!