Northern Virginia Senior Home Care Blog

Can You Really Get Everything Done as a Caregiver?

By Packy Poon

Getting it all done is a common goal for most people, not just caregivers. But if you are a caregiver, you might be wondering just how much you can get done.

Think about What Your Senior Needs from You

Your elderly family member needs certain things from you. She might need mostly emotional support or she might have more practical, hands-on needs. Start making a list of everything that you need to do for your senior now. That list is going to change over time as your senior’s needs change, so remember that it’s not set in stone.

Think about What You Need

You have to focus on your needs, too. If you’re not getting enough time alone or you don’t have time to rest or to do the things that you love, you’re going to feel the effects of that eventually. Make a list of what you love to do just for you and then add to that list with the things that you have to do, like going to work or taking care of other obligations.

Assess the Time You Actually Have

Everybody has the same 24 hours in every day. It’s what we do with them that matters and there’s only so much that can fit into each hour. People tend to over- or underestimate how much time each task takes, so if you’ve found that you never can figure out how to budget your time over tasks, you’re not alone.

One way around this is to block out the time each day that you’re somewhere else and then see how much time you have left. Try tracking your time for a week or so to get an accurate count of what you can do with your time.

Look for Ways to Maximize Your Time

You’ve probably found by now that you can’t squeeze everything you need to do in the hours you have to do them. So you need to find ways to maximize your time. Delegate smaller tasks or tasks that other people can do. If you’re seriously short on time, you might want to hire home care providers to take over some of the things that you do for your senior.

Part of being effective as a family caregiver is knowing when you need extra help. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it can help to go through these steps and figure out what you can delegate and how you can make the most of the time that you have. Don’t forego caring for yourself to try to get more done, though.

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