Do you have a caregiver that is taking care of the senior parent? You might want to make sure that they are able to take care of their own lives in full, in order to provide great care to your parent as well. You want to make sure that the individual that is responsible for taking care of your senior parent is able to live a healthy lifestyle on their own as well as helping your parent to do the same. Also, because these individuals will be spending so much time with your parent, living their own healthy lifestyle will allow them to provide a solid service that helps your parents live a more fulfilling life overall. Take the following five caregiver tips into consideration when evaluating options that are available to you;
Their Own Space
To start, you want to make sure that the caregiver that will be taking care of your senior parent has their own space within the home. If they will be living there, it is especially important that they have their own bedroom to retire to at night, and do not end up sleeping on the couch. You want to make sure that they are able to continue living their own lives while working as a caregiver for your parent. Speak to them about how you can provide accommodations that will suit them, and go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that they are comfortable in their day-to-day lives.
Taking care of the senior parent can be quite stressful for anyone. Everyone needs some time to unwind and get away, and ensuring that your caregiver has adequate vacation time to unwind is an important accommodation that needs to be made for them. At least once a month, they should receive an extra day or two off in order to get out of town, and enjoy their free time.
Properly Stocked Kitchens
Caregivers are going to be spending a great deal of time in your parent’s homes. You need to make sure that the kitchen is properly stocked with nutritious foods to ensure that they always have something to eat, and that they will be able to create nutritious meals for both themselves and your parent as well.
Although your aging parents may not be able to adequately use exercise equipment, placing some in the home for the caregiver to use will allow them to ensure that they get their daily workout each day, without having to leave the home and leave your parent that risk. Try installing exercise equipment in a vacant room in the home, turning it into a small but usable home gym, both for your parents if they are able to work out still, as well as for the caregiver that will be there taking care of them.
Although they are being paid to take care of your parents, it is important that you provide help whenever is needed. Utilizing teamwork to take care of an aging parent is a great way to ensure that you caregiver does not become quickly overwhelmed by the situation, and also that your parent is able to receive the level of care that they require to live a normal and healthy lifestyle.
Care Connection provides senior care in Okemos, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.