Do you find yourself constantly wishing for just a few more hours in the day to help you accomplish everything that needs to be accomplished? In particular, if you are a member of the sandwich generation – those who provide care for both their children and their senior parents – you can quickly become overwhelmed by the constant press for your attention. However, the tips provided in this article may very well provide a spot of relief to a very busy schedule.
- Use strategy when planning tasks. Generate a plan for ongoing tasks to optimize efficiency. For instance, map out errands to plan necessary stops in the most well organized manner, and combine duties such as washing laundry and grocery shopping for your elderly loved one with your own.
- Keep the car stocked. Put a box of helpful items in the trunk to have readily available at all times: comfy walking shoes, a fleece or sweater, toiletries, snack foods with a long shelf life – all that you feel might prove useful for the particular situations you could find yourself in on any given day.
- Skip urgent care facilities. Urgent care visits may lead to several hours of time lost spent in the waiting room. Try calling the physician instead to try to get a same-day appointment, in particular mid-morning, when the cancelled appointments have yet to be filled.
- Organize paperwork. Keeping copies of all important paperwork together, perhaps in a brightly colored, easily identifiable folder, is essential in the event of an emergency. The documents in the folder should include: power of attorney, list of medications and emergency contacts, advance directive, health care proxy and medical insurance information.
- Stay positive. Enjoying a few calm moments the first thing in the morning to reflect on the things you’re grateful for could go a long way towards reducing stress and setting the stage for a more productive and positive day. Repeat as time permits during the day, particularly when emotions are running high.
The most beneficial tip we can propose is partnering with a professional in-home care agency, like North River Home Care serving Cape Cod and the surrounding area. We can assist in more ways than you may realize, including running errands, shopping and meal preparation, light housework, and more, in addition to hands-on personalized care and companionship. Contact us at (781) 659-1366 and discover a stress-free life for both yourself and your older loved one!