Planning Tools and Education
Caregiving can be overwhelming and leave little time for planning. We believe it can be helpful to create a schedule, establishing routines and leaving room to take care of yourself. When creating a schedule, it may take some time to figure out the approach that works best for you. Every situation is unique. Some caregivers may need a strict schedule they follow each week, while others prefer a simple list of items to get done each day. Remember to be patient and allow room for change in the first few weeks. Below are some activities you may want to consider including.
- Household chores
- Meal times
- Medication regimen
- Personal care
- Physical activities
- Social activities
- Reminders to order supplies or fill prescriptions
We also want to note the importance of creating a daily schedule for your loved one. Their schedule can include their habits, reminders or your contact information. This can be put on a dry erase board in the kitchen, so that others can help with caregiving duties and access this information.
- If you’re caring for someone living with dementia, as the disease progresses you may need additional tools to support you as well as team of people to help. Click the links below to learn what to expect at different stages of your loved one’s disease:
- Early-Stage Caregiving
- Middle-Stage Caregiving
- Late-Stage Caregiving
It may become hard for members living with Alzheimer’s or dementia to get around their home, even if they’ve lived there for decades. Using labels in the home can act as a guide. Color-coded labels with pictures can help when reading starts to become hard.
As a caregiver, it is important to take care of your well-being as you fulfill the many responsibilities that comes with your role. Utilizing support and resources can assist with achieving and maintaining optimal health. Here are a few tips as well as a list of organizations that offer valuable information for staying physically and emotionally strong:
Tips to Get and Stay Healthy:
- See your doctor
- Maintain physical activity
- Use relaxation techniques
- Eat well
- Get help and find emotional support
- Make time for yourself
- Become an educated caregiver
A central piece of self care is a healthy diet and exercise routine. You can find resources on both using the links below, along with a fact sheet from the Family Caregiver Alliance.
Helpful Fact Sheet:
Caregiving can be a 24/7 job, and everyone is going to need a break. Taking a break can be helpful for the caregiver and care recipient by giving you time to connect with others and recharge. Respite can range from a 30-minute break to taking a short vacation. Call your care recipient’s Care Manager to learn more, or explore the options through your local Area Agency on Aging.