ElderCare at Home brings you this newsletter in the spirit of cooperation and education. We hope you find this information useful and informative.
Happy New Year!
Celebrating the new year is widely practiced around the world. While some cultures rely on different calendars, acknowledging the significance of a new year is a common sentiment that people experience. Many people see the new year as a moment to hit the rest button, to leave the past behind and move forward with new goals. While not all people feel this way, it is very common to view the new year celebrations as both an accomplishment of life lived this past year, as well as an opportunity to reflect on what is to come. In today's newsletter we want you to do exactly this: Acknowledge all that you have accomplished since last year and think about what you can improve on in this next year.
Accomplishments are not necessarily lines on a resumé or trophies showcased in your living room. Accomplishments can also be the seemingly small things we do every day, like getting out of bed, going to work, finishing tasks (or even recognizing what tasks to take on), making time for family, cooking your favorite meals, improving your behavior, seeing a counselor, exercising, and so on. These are all accomplishments.
Life can at once be extremely difficult and unbearable, as well as uplifting and beautiful. Experiencing the vicissitudes of life is a feat in itself.
As we move into the new year, ElderCare wants to congratulate you for feeling the variety of challenges, experiences, and emotions that life throws at us. We congratulate you for being strong, courageous, and resilient. Because of life's unexpected challenges, we also know that these are qualities not always available to us. The opposite qualities, weakness, fear, and stiffness, are also worth acknowledging and being grateful for, as they allow us to see our limits so we can grow.
While setting New Year's resolutions is an admirable practice, do not feel pressured to do so until you feel ready. But do not let an absence of feeling ready lull you into complacency. What we mean to say is that setting resolutions is not just a thing to do on New Year's, but a way to address areas in your life on which you want to improve. These are very personal things to consider and only you know yourself well enough to identify them, acknowledge them, and change them. Others can sometimes help you see what shortcomings to identify, but only you can be in charge of exploring your inner experiences and qualities.
As we move forward,
ElderCare at Home wants you to know that we are here for you, as well. Never feel like you are alone in this journey. As we move into 2019, we hope you find happiness and security.
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New Year's Resolutions
Consider these Ideas Moving Forward
As we make our way to 2019,
ElderCare at Home wants to encourage some healthy habits to bring with you to the new year. Caregiving is a stressful job that often demands patience and endurance. We trust that you are doing your hardest work. But, this blog entry is not here to tell you to work harder. We want to remind you about caring for yourself.
Self-care is important to do as a family caregiver because it ultimately preserves your emotional, mental, and physical health so you can continue being the best caregiver you can be. Many people ignore caring for themselves because they are under the impression that they are too busy or that they should not think of themselves at the moment. We want to remind you that self-care is crucial in order to continue caring for your loved one. If you burn out from exhaustion, then what will you do? If you want to avoid this situation, then consider some of the New Year's resolutions below.
(1) Make Time for Yourself: But a calendar or agenda, and schedule personal time. This time can include anything you want, as long as it is devoted to improving yourself. These times can be devoted to extra sleep, meditation, pursuing a hobby, exercise, or socializing. Whatever the activity may be, you owe yourself some time.
A great way to begin managing time for self-care is to start slow. For example, one week you can choose "personal time" for one hour for three days. You may find that you want to add more personal time the following week. The goal is to find a balance between everyday responsibilities, caregiving, and time for yourself. Some people like going for walks or jogs after they get off of work, others like to take time on the weekends to go to the beach. Whatever helps you, make sure to write it in a calendar. Writing it down on a physical calendar (or in your phone) helps encourage you to meet those goals.
(2) Practice Good Communication: Caregivers encounter situations all of the time when they have to communicate efficiently and effectively. Whether you are talking one-on-one with your loved one or are making a phone call to a nurse registry, you have to make sure you communicate well. The
first step in communication is to be clear and specific, while being polite. Make sure you state what you want to say clearly and honestly. This helps avoid confusion and ambiguity.
Second, is to listen actively. Communication is not a one-way street. Others are trying to express themselves to you, also. A good communicator takes the energy to listen without judgement. That is to say, try not to go into conversations with assumptions or pre-conceived notions about how the other feels. Let them tell you, and base your responses on what they share with you directly.
Lastly, acknowledge what others who are speaking with you are feeling. Ideally, they are doing all of the same for you. This allows open, honest conversations to flow nicely. Even if you may not understand why someone feels a certain way, the best route to take is to be polite and to take their feelings seriously and without judgment.
(3) Exercise: Exercise is an important thing for overall bodily health, i.e. emotional, mental, and physical. Just like scheduling "personal time" you should schedule time for exercise. And, yes!, exercise can be personal time. We encourage that you stick to an exercise regimen for at least three times a week at an hour for each session. You can pursue cardiovascular exercises like walking, running, or swimming. Or you can do more strength- and flexibility-oriented routines like weightlifting and yoga. Whatever it is, make sure you prioritize. Because exercise contributes to overall health, you will notice the "domino effect" exercise has on other parts of your life, like improved mood and sleeping better. Before starting any exercise routine, make sure you see your doctor and talk to them about any conditions or questions you have.
These are just some ideas to take with you into the new year. We want to remind you that self-care is not selfish. Caring for yourself allows you to be a better caregiver. So, caring for yourself is like caring for your loved one. You can consider self-care as one of the overall caregiving responsibilities. If you have any other questions, please call
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In addition to our Alzheimer's/dementia specific private duty referral services, ElderCare at Home, a licensed nurse registry, has referred caregivers who have provided exceptional care to thousands of patients through a number of specialty home care programs and our vast network of referred, independent contractors.
Each referral program allows the patient to recuperate in the place they most want to be... their own home! Most patients experience positive outcomes and are able to enjoy an improved quality of life.
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Open Support Groups for Family Caregivers
Caring for someone that has Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other cognitive impairment is hard. These support groups are attended by caregivers who are struggling with all kinds of different challenges and emotions.
ElderCare at Home in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center, facilitates more than 17 Caregiver Support Groups throughout the Palm Beach County area (Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Boca Raton)
Our Alzheimer's caregiver support groups are different! Our caregivers are able to come together and share in a warm, relaxed and nurturing environment.
We also offer a monthly telephone support group for all Alzheimer's caregivers who are either unable to attend in person, or live out of state.
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