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6 Hard-to-Break Resolutions for Family Caregivers

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

It is the time of year to make New Year’s resolutions once again. While many people make them, very few people succeed in keeping them. Here are six resolutions Oklahoma in-home elder care providers recommend for family caregivers to keep this year.

1. Be Kind to Yourself

Resolve to be kind to yourself this year. You may still have nagging doubts about your caregiving skills, but do not let them overwhelm you. As long as you know at the end of each day that you have done your best, let yourself have that and continue on your path.

2. Be Kind to Others

While it’s absolutely true that you cannot control another person’s attitude, you can control your own. Treat everyone around you the way that you want to be treated, especially your senior loved one.

3. Be Grateful for What You Have

Even on the days when nothing seems to go quite right, take a moment to be thankful for the food on the table, the roof over your head and another day to spend with your loved one.

4. Be Encouraging

Despite your circumstances, let those around you know that you are there for them. In addition, show them that you truly believe in them. The positive vibes that you send out will multiply and return to you. There will be days you need that encouragement, too, so remember to send it out to others.

5. Share with Others

As a family caregiver, you have the opportunity to share with many people. Share your love with your senior, your smile with the weary doctor and a laugh with the nurse who is treating too many grumpy people. Better yet, share your knowledge with other caregivers who could use some advice and encouragement from someone with experience.

6. Give Yourself a Break

This year more than anything, resolve to give yourself a break. Make and keep a promise to yourself that you will take a well-deserved break to do something fun or relaxing. Hire an Oklahoma respite caregiver to look after your loved one for a few hours and take that time to rest and unwind.

These easy-to-keep resolutions will help caregivers make the most of 2017. In case you need a helping hand this year, contact Home Care Assistance at 405-285-4191 today. Our highly trained live-in and hourly caregivers work around your loved one’s schedule to help him or her with everyday tasks including housekeeping, laundry and transportation to and from medical appointments. Let us customize a unique care plan for your loved one when you call.