ComForcare Home Care offers suggestions for family home care providers to better manage the stress and responsibilities of caring for a loved one.
Home care providers across the world offer countless hours of service for friends and family members. At ComForcare Home Care, we understand that the role of a family caregiver can be emotionally and physically draining. We encourage caregivers to recognize their limits and work with friends, family members, and professionals elderly care services to ensure they have the support and help they need to provide the best care for their loved ones. When the responsibility starts to take a toll on your energy or well-being, there are a few things family home care providers can do to help:
1. Stay organized. The winter months are a time of many festivities. Keep an appointment book or calendar to record community events, family get-togethers, doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, kid’s after-school activities and more. While it is impossible to predict the future, mapping each day out to the best of your ability will help you to feel far less frazzled.
2. Allot equal time for children and parents. Members of the sandwich generation – adults who provide home care for their children as well as their aging parents – often feel they are not spending enough time with their children because they are caring for their parents and vice versa. By designating specific times for each person, you’ll know everyone is getting an equal amount of attention and be more focused on staying positive rather than worrying.
3. Seek support. Caring for another human being for an extended period of time can take its toll on even the most caring and nurturing of people so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it means alternating days with a relative or bringing in a professional caregiver like the ones working for ComForcare Home Care Services, it is worth it to keep your relationship intact in the long run. Home care services are available on a part-time or full-time basis and can also provide respite care for loved ones when you need to travel or need time off to attend to work or personal matters.
4. Educate yourself. Understand that while some behaviors can be changed, others cannot so learn as much as you can to keep your expectations realistic. The more you know, the less will surprise you. For more information or to be directed to specific resources, contact your local ComForcare home care office.
5. Take a break. Face it: Even caregivers need some care sometimes. Set aside “me” time every day to do something just for you and you’ll be able to return to your caregiving duties refreshed and ready to help. If you find yourself so busy that you cannot squeeze in an extra 15 minutes for yourself, consider calling on friends, family members, or a professional home care service to provide respite services.
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty home care services to people of all ages with offices conveniently located nationwide. We can help make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own homes. We offer elderly care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving our services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
ComForcare Home Care
2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302