To ensure the highest level of care for an aging loved one and to prevent caregiver burnout, it is essential for family caregivers look to others for assistance. While many caregivers can agree that help is needed, it can be hard to let go of the reins and allow others to step in and help. What if something goes wrong while you’re away? Do you feel guilty that you’re leaving your aging loved one? Perhaps you’re unsure if others can handle the caregiving burden? Whatever the cause for your concern, creating a caregiving schedule is a great solution. As a premier provider of hourly home care, we’ve put together a brief summary of how to set up a caregiving schedule.
Talk to Others
Talk to family members and friends to find out if they will be available, as well as how often or how many hours a week they can help. It is important to be as specific as possible with your help needs, as many people are unsure of what exactly goes into caregiving. Ask a sibling for help making dinner a few days a week and a friend to pick-up prescriptions or run a few errands. Once you’ve gotten everyone’s schedules, you can delegate some of the simple tasks to relieve your own care responsibilities without sacrificing the quality of care for your aging loved one.
Plan a Schedule
Having a solid schedule in place can help to relieve the worry that many families have when handing over the care of an aging parent to someone else. Draft out your schedule and plot in when people are available to ensure consistency of care. It’s always a good idea to have a back-up plan in place, such as help from a professional home care agency to ensure that someone will be available to watch over your loved one no matter where or what time of day.
Keep it Together
Though a schedule that is printed can be distributed to everyone, there are a number of online services which allows for changing the schedule and instantly updating everyone at once. Using an online calendar and scheduling service such as caringbridge.org which includes a blog setup to keep family members informed of happenings or cozi.com which includes to-do and shopping lists, helps keep everyone organized and knowing what needs to be done. Both services include smartphone apps to keep everyone up to the minute on what needs to happen.
Setting up a caregiver schedule provides you with respite and offers a way for your aging loved one to create other relationships with friends and loved ones, while still receiving quality care. If your aging loved one needs specialty care for Alzheimer’s click here, or contact a Case Manager at 778-279-3634 and learn about our other home care services for dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke and fall recovery.