Some family caregivers avoid scheduling in personal time for themselves for a variety of reasons. The problem with that is that it can cost you way more than you think you’re saving.
You Can’t Be “On” All the Time
No matter what you might think, you simply can’t be on your game all the time. It might feel as if your loved one and your other family members expect that of you, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live up to that. Giving yourself personal time allows you to have time where you don’t have to focus on anything but yourself.
Not Thinking about Caregiving for a Little While Can Help You Be a Better Caregiver
The biggest benefit of not thinking about caregiving, even for an hour or two, is that you’ll be better able to focus on caregiving when you’re back “on the job.” Giving your brain a rest from some of the bigger issues that you deal with constantly, as well as those smaller issues, allows it to focus elsewhere for a time. It’s like clenching a muscle and then releasing it.
You’re a Human Being with Other Interests and Needs
When you’re a caregiver, you may find that you set aside hobbies and interests that you enjoy. But the problem with that is that you’re a human being with your own needs and interests. If you ignore that, your brain and your body are going to remind you of that forcibly when you least expect it. Allowing yourself to have personal time on your own terms keeps surprises in check.
You Don’t Have to Be the Only One Helping Your Loved One
If control issues are part of the reason that you turn down personal time, you might want to rethink that. As your loved one’s primary family caregiver, you likely have the most knowledge about caring for your loved one. That doesn’t mean, however, that you’re the only one who can or should be helping your loved one.
You’ll benefit more than you realize if you give yourself the time away from caregiving that you need. Make personal time a priority and don’t penalize yourself for taking it.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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