Tips That Every Sandwiched Caregiver Should Use

Senior Care in Toronto

If you are unfamiliar with the term “sandwiched caregiver,” it refers to a caregiver who cares for an older adult, as well as a child under the age of 18. Being a caregiver alone can be a stressful job, Senior-Care-in-Torontobut combine that with the daily responsibilities of caring for your family will only heighten these feelings. With these tips,  you will be able to care for both effectively.

  • Be flexible. There are going to be days that, no matter how organized you are, do not go as planned. Instead of beating yourself up over the unforeseen circumstances, try to be flexible. Change your schedule to meet the changing demands of your day.
  • Become an organizer. Create daily schedules (as long as they have a little wiggle room as mentioned in the above tip). These routines will allow you to prioritize your day and put the most important things first. With all of the items on your to-do list, you will be less stressed by having a structured schedule.
  • Remember your own needs. Although everyone seems to need your help or care, do not forget your own needs and wants. Try to take some time for yourself each day, even if it is just for a few minutes, in order to relax or do the things you love. Exercise, get a massage, meet up with a friend, or join a class to learn a new skill. Whatever will help you relax and get a well-deserved break, do it.
  • Get help. As much as you want to do it all, no human can. Have you heard the term, “it takes a village,” in reference to raising children? Well, the same rule applies for senior care. Ask other family members or friends to help with the tasks that you do not have time to do yourself. Respite care is another option that will allow you to take a break from caregiving. It involves having a professional senior care provider take over for you until you are ready to take your caregiving title back.

Older adults often require assistance as they get older, especially if they have a debilitating medical condition that needs around-the-clock care. Yet, if you also have your own family that needs your constant attention and help, trying to find the right balance is not an easy thing to do. Hopefully these tips will make that balance an easier one for you and your family.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care in Toronto, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.

 

Source:

http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-2016/sandwich-generation-caregiving-tips-ag.html

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