If your spouse is terminally ill and you are starting to feel burned out and overwhelmed from your daily caregiving tasks, then you will be pleased to learn there are some simple things you can do to proactively prevent feeling this way. By lowering your own stress level, you will provide better care for your spouse and have more opportunities to spend time in more positive ways.
Following these time-tested tips will help you avoid caregiver burnout and fatigue:
Tip: Hire a Local Handyman to Outfit Your Home with Safety Devices
If your spouse has reached a point in their illness that they could benefit from having some safety devices installed, then hire a handyman for a few hours and have them install everything you need. Some examples of safety devices many people find helpful are:
- an entrance ramp
- a flat threshold
- bathroom grab bars
- a raised toilet seat
- light switch extenders
In addition, ask the handyman to change all of the light bulbs that are burned out and fix any other minor issues that have been bothering you about your home. Rather than stressing out over the leaking toilet or dripping faucet, fix those issues once and for all so you don't have to think about them anymore.
Tip: Choose a Pharmacy that Delivers to Your Home
To save yourself a lot of time and frustration, find out which local pharmacy will deliver medications to your home and switch all of your spouse's prescriptions to that pharmacy. Since your co-payments and prescription costs are set by your insurance company, you may be surprised to learn you can have all of the medications delivered to your home for the same cost as traveling to the pharmacy. Pharmacy delivery service will save you a lot of time and energy you would prefer to use in other ways.
Tip: Don't Hesitate to Hire Quality In-Home Assistance
While your spouse may prefer that you do all of their caregiving yourself, this may not always be possible or ideal. When you start to feel overwhelmed, the time has come to hire some help. If you are uncomfortable with the process of hiring in-home caregivers, then you can use a staffing service. The staffing service screens all of their workers and takes care of their insurance and tax issues. This makes the process a lot easier and ensures your spouse gets the best care possible.
Contact a senior care company for more information and assistance.