Put the 'Comfort' Back in Comfort Care

6 Simple Caregiving Tips

If you are the full-time caregiver for someone who is seriously ill, you’ve probably read (or been told) about the importance of taking care of yourself.

Yes, caregiving can be exhausting, stressful and sometimes sad, but as a caregiver, be sure to focus your life together on more than medicine and sickness. The reality is that both of you can find comfort in caregiving.

Here are some simple ways to give—and receive—some emotional TLC during this challenging time.

1. Make Mealtime Special

Add a dose of pleasantness and relaxation to a bedside meal by dressing it up with a small vase of flowers, colorful place mats on your dinner trays, your favorite comfort food or casual conversation about movies or books you both enjoyed

2. Open the Windows

Enjoy fresh air and sunshine or watch the grandkids play in the yard. Take time to appreciate the simple pleasures around you by opening the windows and letting the outside world in.

3. Make TV Watching Special

Rather than leaving TV on constantly, check the guide and choose only programs you both enjoy. Stream movies or TV shows, or record favorites to play when your loved one is awake and alert. Watch old favorites or try something new together.

4. Enjoy Novels Together

Borrow audio books from the local library or download them online. Sit back and enjoy a story together.

5. Invite Family and Friends to the House

Spend the afternoon enjoying a potluck and playing cards, cribbage, or a board game—whatever is appropriate.

6. Plan Day Trips to Local Places of Interest

Invite a friend or family member to join you on an outing to a special place. They can also share the memory and help you. An occasional change in scenery adds variety to your routine and gets you and your loved one out of the house.

Whatever activities you pursue, make sure you’re not taxing your loved one’s strength or running yourself ragged. Enjoy your time together—and enjoy each other.

Find out if hospice care could help your loved one.

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