In-home care is becoming more popular as studies reveal how much aging in place can increase a senior’s quality of life and longevity. Today’s seniors are also living longer and stronger than those in previous generations due to modern technology and medicines. What this can mean for many families is the need to provide in-home care for more than one loved one simultaneously. Luckily, there are some ways to make this challenging task a little easier.
Waiting to ask for help until you actually need it means you’re likely to become burnt out. While it’s natural to feel a bit awkward about turning to others for help with caring for your loved ones, doing so can help both you and your loved ones stay happy and healthy. Set up a caregiving schedule where you get regular breaks and look outside the box for options to employ help with each loved one. Consider looking into churches, senior centers, friends, and volunteer organizations.
In addition to looking for help, make sure you are nurturing yourself. Enlisting help can also allow time for you to rest and relax and take care of personal tasks. You can take time for yourself to participate in activities such as a new sport, a class to learn a new hobby, or going out with friends. Look into a support group for others providing in-home care to their senior loved ones, as your fellow group members can relate to your experiences. Also, consider Fort Myers respite care to allow you time to relax for a longer period of time than you might normally have away from your caregiving duties.
Without proper organization, providing at-home care Fort Myers seniors benefit from can be a challenge. This can be especially difficult when caring for more than one senior. Schedule a meeting involving everyone who provides care for either of your loved ones so everyone is on the same page. After the meeting, ensure everyone in the group has a way to communicate. Modern technology such as email groups and Facebook groups can help make group communication simpler. Make a schedule considering the needs of all involved and post it in a clear place where everyone can see and abide by it. Optimize care routines as well to help daily caregiving easier. For instance, place a basket by the door containing everything your loved one needs when leaving the house such as a coat, shoes, or wallet. Then, make sure these items get put back in the basket upon returning so you won’t have difficulty finding them the next time. This and other organizational tips can make caregiving more time effective and less frustrating.
Combine the Care
If both loved ones get along and are willing, consider either moving them into a single home together or bringing one to the other’s house during care. This can be socially and emotionally beneficial for both loved ones because they will be able to regularly enjoy the company of a friend. Taking care of two seniors in the same home, rather than across town from each other, can be simpler and more time effective. One meal can be prepared for your loved ones to share, and you aren’t ferrying back and forth between two homes multiple times a day.
Caring for multiple elderly loved ones can be a challenge, but you don’t have to do it alone. Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to assist with a wide variety of tasks, including cooking, cleaning, grooming, and exercise. Seniors who need more comprehensive care can also benefit from our specialized care services. For more information on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care Fort Myers families trust, call 239.449.4701 to speak with a friendly Care Manager.