We all get worn out sometimes. But fatigue secondary to disability or aging can really interfere with the ability to function independently. If you find that fatigue is keeping you from doing things you want to do in your life, energy conservation techniques may help you. Energy conservation means looking at your daily routines to find way to reduce the amount of effort needed to perform certain tasks, eliminating other tasks and building more rest thought the day. Keep in mind that not every technique will work for you here. Here are some suggestions you can use to adapt to find the right fit for you.
Rearrange your Environment:
- Keep frequently used items in easily accessible places.
- Install long handles on faucets and doorknobs.
- Install pull-out or swing out shelving in cabinets
Eliminate Unnecessary Effort:
- Sit rather than stand whenever possible: while preparing meals, washing dishes, ironing, etc.
- Soak your dishes before washing, then let them air dry; or use paper plates and napkins.
- Get a rolling cart to transport things around the house, rather than carry them.
- Cook in larger quantities and refrigerate or freeze extra portions for later.
- Schedule enough time for activities-rushing takes energy.
- Spread high energy tasks though out the day.
As a reminder, Home Helpers Home Care provides services such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry/ironing, and grocery shopping so that you can conserve your energy for more important things in life! Please call as 303-412-5534 or visit us online at www.homehelperhomecare.com/Westminster.