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4 actionable tips to make caring for loved ones easier

If you’re caring for someone, then it can be highly rewarding but there’s no denying that it can be a serious challenge, as well. Caregivers at home have to be aware of the consistent risk of burnout, and what you can possibly do to manage it. As such, here are four tips that you can start putting into practice now that may help you have an easier time looking after your loved one.

Know who you can rely on

As a caregiver, you may already be playing a crucial role in making sure that you have the right team of general practitioners, physical therapists, and other medical care providers that your loved one needs. However, you might also want to ensure that you get the support at home you can, too. This might be the help of a support worker, relatives you can depend on, friends you can turn to, and even support groups for yourself. While you may have taken on the primary responsibility for your loved one’s care, it doesn’t mean that you have to feel alone.

Encourage that they maintain their independence where possible

You might have concerns about ensuring that all of your loved one’s needs are met and their safety is prioritized. However, getting them involved in their own care and helping them feel connected to their own needs can help both of you. For one, fostering that sense of independence where they are able can improve their self-esteem and might make them more cooperative in those areas where they do need that extra help, but it also takes a little off your plate. Find out how you can get them more involved depending on their skill level and illness.

Maintain your boundaries

To take on the role of a caregiver for a person that you love demands sacrifice. As such, carers tend to be very giving people. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t have your own needs and boundaries. Having an outlet for your stress, be it creative endeavours, exercise, or something else, is important. As is making sure that you’re not taking on requests that break your boundaries, whether it’s having holiday dinner with your family, or getting the night’s rest you need with no texts or calls to disturb you.

Implement long-distance care

You don’t always need to be there in person to help. Feeling like you have to be present 24/7 can be very draining. Set up long-distance care methods, such as alarm systems and telephone check-ins so you can make sure that their needs are being taken care of outside of the routine times that you would normally be with them. Local services such as meal deliveries and transportation services can be useful in taking care of their needs, as well.

If you need any further help, then it may be worth looking into the help you can get from Neta Care, such as assistance from a support worker and respite care. Get in touch to learn more.