New Year’s Resolutions for Families with Aging Loved Ones
The new year is a symbol of a fresh start. That’s why about one-third of American adults set New Year’s resolutions. For families with aging loved ones, the blank slate of the new year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the past year, re-evaluate priorities, and set intentions.
As with any goal, taking small steps every day is more important than making a big change. Be patient with yourself and your family as you collectively work towards healthy intentions and remember that every day is a new opportunity for a fresh start. Your goals as a family and as a caregiver should be personal and meaningful, but we gathered a list of our suggestions.
Resolutions for Your Aging Loved One
- Prioritize safety, remove any tripping hazards, and take preventative measures to avoid accidents before they can happen.
- Get your loved one’s important documents, will, assets, and financial information in order so you can spend time together without worrying about getting this done.
- Reflect together on your favorite memories of the past and spend time making new ones.
- Keep your loved one engaged and connected to their community by encouraging them to learn new hobbies and stay in touch with their friends.
- Prioritize their health by making nutritious meals and making sure they get physical activity and fresh air.
Resolutions for Caregivers
- Make room in your daily caregiving schedule to spend quality time with your aging loved one.
- Set aside time every month to celebrate your accomplishments and successes and let go of the things that are out of your control.
- Prioritize your own health by getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and exercising.
- Start a gratitude journal or a place to write down special moments you have with your aging loved one.
- Don’t wait until your mental health suffers before reaching out for professional help.
Setting Your Own Resolutions
The goal of setting New Year’s resolutions is not to hold yourself to an impossibly high standard. The new year is an opportunity to make healthy changes and refocus on what is most important to you - precious time with your aging loved one.
At HomeSpark, our resolution every year is to help you make the best possible choice for you and your loved one. Caregiving is a full-time job, and you don’t have to shoulder the responsibility alone.
If your family decides to turn to the help of a professional caregiving team, we can help assess what non-medical in-home care services would be beneficial and will create a personalized plan for your family.
You can learn more about our services and request a consultation by contacting us today.