Five Caregiving Hacks: Ways to Make Life Easier as a Family Caregiver
If you are a family caregiver, then you probably understand just how busy and overwhelming the role can be. If only we had ways to make life easier for caregivers? Fortunately, today’s blog will go over five caregiving hacks to help make life easier. Our goal at ElderCare at Home is to help you find ways to reduce stress. When stress overwhelms us, it makes it harder for us to do anything else, like do our jobs efficiently, perform self-care, and so on. So, it is important to practice activities that can make life easier so you can hopefully reduce the stresses in your life.
Follow these caregiving hacks:
(1) Use Apps: By now, most everyone has access to a smart phone. They have become ubiquitous and very accessible. They also allow you to download applications for many different uses. For example, one app can help you maintain a calendar to keep track of appointments. Other apps can help you manage your loved one’s medication so you do not forget doses.
(2) Have a Place for Things: We all understand that when life gets busy it is easier to become more forgetful. This is why it is essential to create places for your things. Instead of adding more stress to your life by losing track of where you put your key or phone, remember to put them in the same place every time, like on a small table by the front door. Also, take some time to reorganize your living space. You will be surprised just how much it can help reduce stress by putting things in their place.
(3) Meal Preparation: On the weekend, spend a little time planning your meals for the week. If possible, trying pre-cooking some of them so all you have to do is heat them up in the microwave when it comes time to eat. This can be a lifesaver, especially if you find yourself running around a lot during the week. Also, cooking your own meals can save you a lot of money.
(4) Remove Clutter: One big risk for aging populations is falling. As a caregiver, it can be difficult to anticipate potential risk factors that can lead to falls. One thing you can do is to remove clutter from around your loved one’s space. Make sure shoes are not in the middle of walking paths as they are easy things to trip over. Also, do not put mats or rugs near areas where your loved one walks, as these can become tripping hazards by becoming bunched up.
(5) Use Liftware Products: Liftware™ is a brand of eating utensils that are designed with a technology to help people with tremors eat their food. The technology includes a built-in sensor to help stabilize the utensil so the person can feed themselves. This is significant because it can help your loved one maintain independences and boos confidence.
If you have any other questions, then please call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.