“There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Has this been your mantra lately? Those in the sandwich generation in particular – who simultaneously care for children and aging parents – can easily become overwhelmed with being pulled in so many different directions. We invite you to set aside just a few precious moments to implement these sanity-saving tips and avoid suffering from caregiver fatigue:
- Strategically plan tasks. Create a plan for regular activities to enhance efficiency. For example, map out where you need to go to plan needed stops in the most efficient way, and combine tasks such as laundry and buying groceries for your elderly loved one with your own.
- Keep supplies in the car. Pack a container of useful items in the trunk to have easily accessible at all times: comfy walking shoes or boots, a fleece or sweater, toiletries, snack food items with a long shelf life – all that you feel might prove useful for the specific predicaments you might find yourself in on any given day.
- Don’t go to urgent care facilities if you can help it. Urgent care visits could lead to hours of lost time spent in the waiting room. Try calling the doctor instead to get a same-day appointment, particularly mid-morning, when the day’s cancelled appointments have not yet been filled.
- Be sure to organize all paperwork. In the event of an emergency, it is essential to have copies of all important paperwork together. Keeping the documents in a brightly colored folder that is easily identifiable may be helpful. The folder should contain documents for health care proxy, power of attorney, medical insurance information, advance directive, a list of medications and emergency contacts.
- Stay positive. Enjoying a few quiet moments the first thing in the morning to reflect on the things you’re grateful for could go a long way towards relieving stress and setting the stage for a more productive and positive day. Repeat as time allows over the course of the day, especially when emotions are running high.
The very best tip we can suggest is partnering with a professional in-home care agency, like Regency Home Care of Atlanta, GA. We can assist in more ways than you might realize, including running errands, shopping and meal preparation, light housework, and more, in addition to hands-on personalized care and companionship. Contact us at 678.999.2446 and avoid caregiver fatigue.