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MARCH 2020

Being a Family Caregiver Doesn’t Have to Be Impossible

you’ll have to complete. Does your parent or relative have medications they need to take at specific times during the day? Do they have doctor’s appointments coming up? Do you have to make accommodations for them to live in your house, such as securing handrails in the bathroom or installing a stairlift? Recording all these extra tasks into your schedule will definitely shake things up, but if you write them down and visualize them, you’ll have some peace by knowing it’s possible to complete them. RESTINGWELL When you’re creating your new schedule, don’t forget to set aside time for rest and relaxation, either with your spouse and children or by yourself. You won’t be nearly as effective as a caregiver if you don’t take time to rest and take care of yourself. Factor restful activities into your schedule, whether that means a movie night with your family or a weekend getaway with your spouse. This will ensure you have time to rest and things to look forward to. FINDING YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK Nomatter howmuch you rearrange your schedule, your time is finite, and you won’t always be able to do everything that needs

Amajor part of anyone’s life is finding balance —balance between working and family, working and resting, or taking care of others and taking care of yourself. That said, being a caregiver for an elderly loved one canmake that balancing act more difficult than ever before. Taking care of seniors, especially if they have physical or mental disabilities, is an incredible act of love and sacrifice. However, it can also be incredibly exhausting. If you’ve recently become a caregiver for an elderly parent or relative, or if you’ve been at it for a while and feel like you’re drowning, you can successfully find balance by doing these three things. BUDGETING YOUR TIME Most households try to budget their income to prevent themselves from falling into financial trouble. If you add a new monthly expense to your budget, you have to take that money from another item on your budget. Similarly, if you’re taking care of an elderly loved one, you’ll probably have to spend significant parts of your day taking care of them. While most people understand this intuitively, it still helps to actually write out your schedule and think of it like a budget.

to get done in a day. That’s why it’s just as important to knowwhich family members and friends you can rely on to help you as you care for your older loved ones. When you need a break, who can you count onmake sure that your parent or relative eats their meals, gets out of the house, and takes their medications? Keep a few people inmind and talk to them about how they would feel helping you as a caregiver. Caregiving probably won’t ever feel easy, but if you schedule well, rest well, and find friends and family who are willing to help you, it won’t be impossible. And remember, for all your questions about end-of-life care plans, be sure to give Scott Counsel a call at 856-281-3131.

Think of all the time you know you’ll have to spend caregiving and all the tasks you know

–Justin Scott

Christa’s Corner

This year, World Social Work Day is on March 17, which puts it on the same day as St. Patrick’s Day. As social workers, we like to celebrate and recognize this day with the traditional green apparel. March 17 is historically known for three-leaf clovers, St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns, and Guinness, but it’s important not to forget to recognize social workers and others in the social service sector for their achievements. On this day, we should raise awareness and support for the important role they play in the lives of vulnerable families and communities. Each year, World Social Work Day promotes a specific theme. This year, it highlights “Promoting the Importance of Human

Relationships.”The social workers of Scott Counsel celebrate the many positive human relationships we develop with our elder clients as we help them through the post-acute and long-term care continuum. We spend a great deal of time giving so much of ourselves through compassion, advocacy, and support that we become very close to our clients. We often feel lucky to have been an integral part in the lives of the elders we serve. So, on March 17, don’t forget to raise those glasses for two special reasons! “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.” | 1

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