Everyone else may be resolving to eat better, exercise more, and shed a few pounds, but for Alzheimer’s caregivers, perhaps just getting through the day is challenging enough. The thought of aiming to improve upon any part of your life in this unsettling time can be overwhelming.
At JFS Care, the trusted provider of Jewish family health services in Los Angeles and the nearby areas, we want to offer you a boost of encouragement. We understand the work you’re doing is often both frustrating and rewarding, and we are here to support you in any way we can. To start, we’ve compiled some resolutions just for dementia caregivers that will genuinely help make your journey a bit easier.
What Resolutions Are Helpful for Alzheimer’s Caregivers?
Take a moment to consider the following:
- Forgive yourself. Remember that you are only human, and you make mistakes. Determine that this is the year that you completely let go of any guilt, and in exchange, remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can to help make life better for the person you love.
- Make time for self-care. Of course, this isn’t always as easy as it may seem. But taking time for yourself is very important to both your wellbeing and that of the person you’re caring for. It doesn’t need to be anything complicated or extensive, unless you want it to be. Simply carving out a few hours once per week for an activity you like can provide the rejuvenation you need. A reliable friend or family member can fill in while you’re away, or contact JFS Care for a skilled, experienced caregiver to assist.
- Don’t forget that you know what is best. Family caregivers may find themselves in the midst of well-intentioned individuals who wish to offer advice. While their ideas may work well for other people, they may not be suitable in your situation. Listen respectfully to any recommendations offered and thank the person for the idea, but then ultimately trust your judgment in making the best care decisions for your circumstances.
For a trusted partner in Alzheimer’s care and additional helpful resources for other Jewish family health services, contact JFS Care any time. We’ll be very happy to visit with you in your home at no cost to discuss the challenges you’re facing and to offer creative strategies to help, such as:
- Assistance with aggression, wandering, agitation, repetitive behaviors, sundowning, and more
- Providing engaging conversations and activities to keep both mind and body active
- Support as needed with personal hygiene tasks, while cultivating independence
- Planning and preparing meals based on individual preferences
- Transportation and accompaniment to outings and appointments
- And so much more
Reach out to us at 213-383-2273 to learn more.