Although every caregiver has a different daily experience, there are some situations that are similar from one caregiving experience to another. How you deal with those situations is what matters.
Wrestling with Equipment
Depending on your elderly family member’s health issues, there may be some equipment that you need to wrangle for her. This can range from devices that are moderately cumbersome, like a walker, to equipment that gets more complicated, like a wheelchair. Regardless, it’s still your responsibility as your elderly family member’s caregiver to help her manage all of those bits and pieces.
It’s also highly likely that your elderly family member has a variety of appointments with different doctors and entities that you help her to manage. Keeping that schedule straight can be daunting, as can driving to all of those different locations. Days when you feel like you need to be in two places at once could be the perfect days to bring in home care providers to help with transportation.
Dealing with Red Tape
Red tape comes in all sorts of formats for caregivers. You might find yourself doing battle with insurance companies, pharmacies, and any number of other providers of services. You’re also managing bills and all sorts of other situations, both for you and for your elderly family member. It’s a lot for one person to manage. If you can reach out to other family members for help, that can be way more helpful than you realize.
Putting out Fires
You might find that you spend an awful lot of time as a caregiver simply attacking problem as they crop up. That’s often referred to as putting out fires and it can be both exhausting and distracting from what you really need and want to do. If you can get ahead of some of the other situations that bog you down, you’ll gradually find yourself putting out fewer fires.
Spending Quality Time with Your Senior
Ideally, you’re also going to be able to spend some quality time with your elderly family member. That might mean enjoying meals together, taking a walk, or just enjoying a movie together in some down time. Take advantage of all of the quality time that you can with your senior.
Even if your day doesn’t look exactly like this one, it probably shares some similarities. You get bonus points for days in which you work in some time for yourself so that you can keep going with everything else that you need to do.