If you are a baby boomer, you may be facing a challenge that more and more boomers face every day: Caring for an elderly parent. Boomers who have entered their senior years must now provide care for their infirm parents. Whether your mother or father lives independently, in a care facility or at your own home, caregiving has become a major part of your routine.
Caregiving can be emotionally and physically draining. If you have found yourself exhausted from caring for your aging parent, you may wish to consider these stress-relieving tips.
- Set healthy boundaries
If you are someone who tends to say “yes” to every request, you may quickly find yourself exhausted. Many caregivers overextend themselves trying to help as much as they can. Instead, maintain healthy boundaries so that you avoid burning out.
- Get caregiving help
One of the best things that a caregiver can do is request help. Help can come in many forms—a family member, a health care provider or a friend. Just as your parents relied on help from many people to raise you, it is now your turn to draw on help to care for them.
- Plan for the future, today
The myriad demands of caregiving tend to root you in the present, distracting you from far-off future needs. But it is crucial to start planning for your parent’s long-term care. Start researching health care options, living facilities and elder law. Then, prepare a long-term road map. Having a plan in place for the future can help alleviate your stress, now.
- Ask questions
You encounter new questions about caregiving every day. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions about caregiving, elder law, senior living and long-term care. You can seek guidance from your doctor, an elder law attorney, a religious leader or a clinical counselor.