Being a family caregiver to an older adult isn’t exactly filled with action all the time. In fact, many caregivers report feeling downright bored much of the time. They might spend endless hours in waiting rooms of medical providers or run out of things to do around the house while keeping an eye on their aging relative. After all, there’s only so many times you can vacuum the living room and once the laundry is done, it’s done. If you’re a caregiver whose relative doesn’t live with them, when you spend time at their house you don’t have your own things, like your hobby or DIY projects to do around the house. So, how do you fill in all that downtime and relieve caregiver boredom? Here are some ideas.
Break Up the Routine
While a routine is a good thing since it keeps caregivers organized and helps seniors to know what to expect next, doing the same thing day after day can leave you feeling stuck in a rut. Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to break up the routine and add in a fun activity. Consider taking your older family member on an outing, like a trip to a museum, the movie theater, or even the library. If you cannot take the older adult away from the house easily, you could change things up right at home by having a movie day, preparing a special lunch, or playing some games.
Play Music (and Maybe Even Dance a Little?)
Caregivers shouldn’t feel like they have to sit or even work in silence. Try playing music while you’re taking care of caregiving tasks. For example, turn on the radio or your favorite playlist while you’re cleaning the kitchen. You might even want to pick up a wooden spoon and use it like a microphone while you dance around. Why? Because music is enjoyable, dancing is fun, and being silly sometimes is good for the soul. Who knows? Your aging relative might just dance with you.
Use Home Care for Respite
Caregivers who really feel stuck in a rut might truly need a break to relieve their boredom. Home care can offer you the chance to take a day off here and there. During your time off, you can refresh yourself by doing activities you enjoy, spending time with friends and family who lift your spirits, or even just spending time relaxing in your own home.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.