Being a caregiver can be time-consuming and exhausting, especially if you live in a multigenerational household. You try to meet the most important needs with no extra time for anything else, much less yourself. If this sounds like you, read on for some tips to help you manage your time so you can enjoy life more.
Work from Anywhere, Anytime
Thanks to smartphones, laptops, and tablets, a person can work from almost anywhere. This not only includes your day job but other tasks as well. For instance, you may be able to balance your parents’ checking account while you wait for a doctor’s appointment with your mother. You can send emails to co-workers or sign your child up for a sport while you stand in line at the grocery store. This not only takes a few tasks off your to-do list, it clears your mind from trying to remember other items.
Keep Paperwork Organized
If you are trying to manage your own household and help your parents, you need to keep all of your paperwork organized. You may need to know where their list of medications is if they need to go to the emergency room or a specialist. It’s also a good idea to take a photo of any important documents so you can access the information from anywhere.
As parents get older and rely on their adult children more for regular tasks, it is easier on the kids if they can add them to their own schedule. For example, you can pick up items for your parents when you go to the grocery store on your weekly trip. Do their laundry on the same day as you do your own, and pick it up the night before.
Keep Items in the Car
If you’re always on the go, it only makes sense to make your car a command center where you keep important items you may need. You can put a file with important paperwork in the glove box, a pair of tennis shoes so you can get comfortable if you’re called to the hospital from work and personal items like a toothbrush and a hairbrush. When you keep these items close by it can save you an extra trip home or make you feel more put-together in an emergency or unplanned event.
Take a Moment
In the midst of your busy day, it’s important to take a few minutes to regroup. Use this time to clear your mind. While it can be hard to get your mind to take a break from all the things that need to be done, it isn’t impossible. Try spending these minutes thinking about all the things you are grateful for. It will put a smile on your face and make going back to your responsibilities a little easier.
Being a caregiver isn’t always easy. It’s hard to find a balance between taking care of everyone and maintaining your own sanity. However, if you try these tips and think of other ways to make life easier, you’ll discover you can make it through – one day at a time.
You can also visit Village Green to find out more about the care we provide for your loved ones. If you no longer feel you can care for an elderly parent’s needs, trust us to give them the high-quality of life they deserve so you can enjoy being their child again.