by: Claire Wentz 

There are many things to balance when you’re a caregiver: work, caregiving, and your personal life. It’s tough to ensure that all aspects of life receive the attention they deserve and that your needs are met.

That’s why Northeast Adult Day Care offers the following tips to make life a little easier. 


Lean on Your Support Network 

Friends and family can be a tremendous help for caregiving. Ask them for help with grocery shopping, running errands, or providing emotional support. A few hours of help each week can make a big difference.

If you don’t have anyone who can help, consider hiring someone to help with housekeeping, pet care, and landscaping to reduce your burdens. Find service providers you trust and establish a regular schedule to create free time you can use for yourself.

Ask Your Employer about Flexible Work Policies

When you’re struggling to balance work with caregiving, it’s worth talking to your employer about flexible work policies. Ask about the possibility working from home, having flexible hours, or job sharing.

If you don’t have a flexible position or are unhappy with your career, consider changing jobs. Perhaps you could obtain a position that allows more flexibility or allows you to work part-time hours.

Join a Support Group for Caregivers

When you’re feeling overwhelmed or like you need some emotional help, joining a support group for caregivers can be a great step. There are likely groups in your area that you can join, and they offer an excellent opportunity to connect with other caregivers who understand your situation. Local groups also know the best services in your community to help you.

So, if you’re not sure where to find a landscaper or house cleaner you can trust, a support group can point you in the right direction.

Don’t Skip Self-care

It’s essential to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and taking time for yourself. Also, schedule time for fitness. Although it may be difficult to find the time, it’s essential to keep your body and mind healthy.

Another vital step for self-care is to take time off to relax. Even if you can’t afford a trip to the beach, take a day off every week or every other week to do something you enjoy. This can be anything from reading a book to taking a walk in the park.


It’s OK to Ask for Help

When all else fails, be patient with yourself. Caregiving is a challenging job, and it’s difficult to balance everything. As long as you’re trying your best, you’re doing great. And if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask!

Would your senior loved one benefit from expert adult day care in a warm, welcoming environment? The healthcare professionals at Northeast Adult Day Care can provide skilled care, monitoring, and social interaction for your loved one! Reach out to learn more, [email protected].