Support Yourself as a Caregiver from our Memory Care Communities

Implement some effective strategies to always feel your best!

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We know how tirelessly you work to provide dedicated support to your loved one with memory care needs. As important as it is to maintain their safety and comfort, we want to encourage you to get your own needs met, too. At each of our Memory Care Communities, our staff is highly trained and experienced in assisting those with memory challenges, and we want nothing more than for you to feel seen, heard, and equipped with all the tools you require as a caregiver. Take a look at our tips for supporting yourself as you play such an important role in your loved one’s life!

Get Organized

Our first tip to support yourself while you’re simultaneously caring for a loved one is to get as organized as possible. Burnout and overwhelm are unfortunately quite common, and as simple as it sounds, getting a routine in place can be incredibly powerful for strengthening resolve. Having some structure to your days such as set bedtime for your loved one, predetermined time for outings, or even a loose schedule of the week can help your loved one feel in control and can reduce anxiety. You also have a sense of predictability to your day. Helpful tools such as a large visual clock, a schedule in plain sight, and verbal reminders (i.e., “it’s almost time for dinner!”) can assist you in sticking with your routine.

Regular Self-Care

This may sound self-indulgent and not worth your time when you already have a busy schedule, but as a caregiver, we highly recommend dedicated self-care on a regular basis! Whether it’s pampering yourself with a bubble bath, scheduling down-time where your loved one is able to independently engage in an activity, or even a simple drive alone with your favorite music, self-care is one of the best defenses to keep your energy stores up. Getting support helps provide a measure of self-care, as well. Consider contacting your loved one’s friends or relatives and schedule times for them to visit often. While it can be a challenge to set and keep clear boundaries around breaks and self-care, this is one of the best things you can do to ensure you’re always feeling your best.

Learn New Communication Techniques

You may be experiencing stress or frustration as your loved one’s communication skills regress over time. It can be helpful to remember that their ability to think logically and perceive the world is changing, and to do your best to be patient. We recommend avoiding a power struggle or agitating in your loved one by validating what they express to you however you can. One tip that can be useful for individuals with memory challenges is the “therapeutic fib”– this means, instead of correcting your loved one, you can validate, then redirect. For example, if your loved one insists they visit a friend that day, but that friend passed away years ago, you can respond with, “Yes, that would be great to see him again! Why don’t we take a look at some photographs of you two together?” Entering their world or current view of reality goes a long way for helping your loved one feel supported, which in turn helps you to feel more at ease.

We hope you know that you’re integral to your loved one’s quality of life and you’re doing an amazing job. At each of our memory care communities, we utilize multi-sensory therapies to create an environment where your loved one gets the support they need, but we want to ensure you feel validated and acknowledged as well. We hope you are able to incorporate some of these support techniques to your routine!

For more information on any of our beautiful memory care communities, or to schedule a tour with us, contact our team today!

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