Getting your caregiver routine organized is an exceptional way to reduce your stress, maximize the effectiveness of your care efforts, and give yourself more opportunity to focus on your relationship with your loved one rather than just your care efforts for them. It can seem daunting to try to get your efforts organized, but fortunately there are a few simple tools you can use to make this organization, and keeping it organized, easier.
Some simple tools you can use to organize your care efforts include:
- Large desk calendar. Most people use their mobile devices to schedule things, which can be efficient when on the run, but makes it harder to truly keep everything organized and in mind. Instead, use a classic desk calendar that lets you easily see everything that’s been scheduled so you can work around things rather than overbooking.
- Color coded pens. Color coordination is a readily visible means of keeping tasks organized. When you look at your calendar and see specific colors, you know what the task is or who it involves, enabling you to more easily organize and time new tasks.
- Personal recorder. Many elderly adults benefit from reminders throughout the day. These reminders can be when to take their medication, when to do things like eat their meals or get the mail, or that certain things are happening, such as a worker coming by the house. If you are not able to be there with your parent or call them frequently throughout the day, a personal recorder can be very beneficial. Use this to record messages for your parent so they can listen to them and use them to schedule their day.
- Online resources. Especially if you live at a distance from your senior, you may be concerned about your ability to constantly manage daily tasks such as grocery shopping or managing their appointments for them. Online resources such as grocery services and appointment scheduling enable you to manage these tasks quickly and easily.
Getting older doesn’t mean your aging adult does not deserve their best life. As your senior ages, helping them to meet their care needs in effective, meaningful, and personalized ways is one of the most important things you can do for your senior as they are caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a schedule that works for them to help them fulfill their care needs and that the most effective ways while also encouraging more independence, helping him to stay active, and helping them to pursue at their daily lifestyle goals as they age.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Brooklyn Park, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.