As a caregiver, you not only care for your loved one but need to also do a few things to care for yourself. There is no time more important to do that than when your loved one is under hospice care. The beauty of that time is there are things you can do to care for you while also caring for your loved one.
The tips posted last week give you a few ideas on how to do just that.
(These tips are from the Hospice: Caring for You chapter of 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.)
Tip 341. Take some time for yourself whenever you can. Rejuvenate before the next crisis.
Tip 343. Invest in baby monitors or cameras. Put one on the bedside near your loved one and carry the other monitor or video display with you. This allows you to step out for fresh air or do chores without worrying about your loved one.
Tip 344. Hospice is there for you too. Use the time they come to take a nap if you want or need one. This is an emotionally exhausting time and we are pretty sure you will need one.
Tip 346. Smile and laugh often. We guarantee you will not regret it.
Tip 347. Plant a favorite flower of your loved one so they will always be with you.
Tip 349. Watch favorite movies together.
Tip 351. Start a puzzle! Let your loved one help put it together when they have the energy and keep it out so visitors can participate too. Take a photo of the finished puzzle. A sense of accomplishment can be important at this time.
If you don’t have time to read the entire book or the weekly recaps, you can find daily caregiving tips – on a variety of topics – here, on Twitter and our Facebook page.
Coming up this week the tips will be from the chapter Hospitals: Medications and Medical Procedures in our book, 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.
Don’t forget: The 2018 365 Caregiving Tips Calendar is out!! This calendar features the exquisite artwork by Pegi Foulkrod and tips from our latest book. Please consider purchasing a calendar for your home or office and one as a gift to a caregiving friend. The 2018 365 Caregiving Tips Calendar is sold exclusively here.
Thank you for reading and we hope these tips make your caregiving life a little easier.
Trish, Pegi, Gincy, Kathy, Richard