Taking care of someone else ideally requires good health and occasional time away to recharge mentally and emotionally. It should start with a nutritious diet, plenty of exercise, and quality sleep. It should also include taking advantage of resources that help save time and manage stress. Here are four resources Caregivers might use to find more time to take care of themselves.
- Home meal delivery: Meal delivery services such as Mom’s Meals help in two ways: Good nutrition has a positive effect on a senior’s health, happiness and quality of life; and having freshly prepared nutritious meals delivered eliminates time spent shopping, preparing, and cooking food. Special dietary foods are available, and some offer plans designed specifically to accomodate seniors.
- Monitoring and safety tools: Knowing a home is equipped with the right tools offers peace of mind and may allow a caregiver more free time. Caregivers can make their jobs easier with amplified big-button telephones, a fall monitor such as Lifeline, or a My Health Phone that provides medication alerts and access to health information.
- Automatically scheduled home delivery: A number of online incontinence product suppliers offer automatically scheduled delivery services that are time and energy savers for caregivers. Because the customer has the flexibility to automatically schedule doorstep delivery of incontinence and other products for home healthcare, it eliminates shopping time and the worry of running out of needed supplies.
- Support network. The key to a successful caregiving arrangement is having a network of support. From a friend, a neighbor, or family member who can pitch in on a day off, to professional organizations that focus on supporting caregivers and seniors, there are support options that caregivers can and should use to provide help and give the caregiver a much needed respite.
About R.O.S Therapy Systems: R.O.S. Therapy Systems began as a backyard project in 2010. Scott Silknitter was searching for tools to help his mother care for his father, Roger Owen Silknitter, during a 25-year fight with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. That project became a personal mission to help all family caregivers. From family caregiver training and activity books to mobile apps to activity systems, R.O.S. has grown to become a single-source provider of informational “how to’s” and a growing provider of adaptive tools for the millions of husbands, wives, children, and family members that become caregivers.
Common sense advice and instruction based on proven principles of communication, engagement, and daily living are the heart of everything R.O.S. offers for family caregivers. Improving quality of life for caregivers is our mission, and designing everything for a family caregiver struggling with a loved one is the starting point. Whether it is dementia, diabetes, Parkinson’s, ALS, stroke, visual impairment, developmental disabilities, or any other issue that forces someone to care for a loved one, R.O.S. and its Caregiving 101 program are here to help.