Although caring for an ageing friend or relative is a rewarding job where you can make a positive difference in someone’s life, it can also be challenging at times. Between caring for your loved one, driving them to medical appointments, running errands and doing the shopping, it can seem like there is never enough time in the day to complete your carer duties.
Creating a caregiver’s daily schedule is one way that you can plan ahead and provide better, more structured care for your loved one. By carefully organising your time and planning your schedule ahead of time, you can also help prevent carer burnout.
Here are a few tips to help you create your own care schedule so you can plan for the future with confidence.
Creating your caregiver schedule
Make a list of all your caregiving tasks
Before you create your new care calendar, it’s important to have a good understanding of all the different things that need to be done to care for your loved one. This could include bills that have to be paid on certain days, recurring appointments or visits from a weekly home health provider.
If a task needs to be completed in a particular way, be sure to include that in your notes. You should also include an estimate of the time it will take to complete each task so you can make adequate room for it in your new schedule.
Gather your resources
Once you have an understanding of all the tasks and appointments required, you’ll want to create a list of those that you may be able to delegate tasks to. Consider whether family members or friends can drop by on certain days or if there is the possibility of having respite care throughout the week. Remember to consult the loved one you are caring for before introducing anyone new into their care routine. After all, they are the ones being cared for so they will need to make the final decision on who provides this for them. If you can get help from family members, friends or outside services, you’ll be able to enjoy some time for yourself and reduce carer burnout.
Create a schedule that works for everyone
Your next step is to create a care calendar that takes into account everyone’s availability and schedules. If possible, you should create a couple of different prospective schedules so that you can see which versions work best for everyone involved. It’s also a good idea to leave a few low-priority tasks ‘open’ so that family members can provide assistance on short notice. For instance, you could create a space for family members to volunteer for tidying up or taking care of jobs in the garden.
Prioritise important tasks
As you build your calendar, you’ll notice certain time slots or days where your care tasks overlap. This is a good opportunity to prioritise the needs of the person you’re caring for. Identify which needs are important and time-sensitive and which needs are flexible. This way you’ll know which tasks must be taken care of first and which tasks can be left for when time is available.
Take advantage of available technology
Now that you have a care schedule in place, you can take advantage of available technologies to put into calendar format. While you can always use the reliable method of writing everything down, there are a number of convenient services that allow you to create a care schedule online.
Here are some of the most common digital calendar products:
CaringBridge: This is an online service for sharing health updates. A journal app allows you to share updates with other family members while their smartphone app allows you to make updates on the go. It also includes a planner section where you can coordinate day-to-day errands and schedules.
CareCalender: If you need a simple solution for creating a care schedule, CareCalender offers a basic calendar with the option to allow people to sign up for empty time slots and duties. It can also be used to send email reminders as well as to provide social sharing of photos and updates.
Cozi: If you need an easy way to organise your family and juggle schedules, Cozi is an easy option for coordinating large groups. It also includes a calendar, to-do lists and shopping lists.
How we can help
We know that caring for a family member who requires day-to-day home care and support can at times be emotionally and physically demanding for those providing care.
For over 10 years, the Good Care Group has been providing award-winning and industry-leading live-in care. Hiring a professional live-in carer and entrusting them with your home and vulnerable loved ones can be overwhelming. By choosing The Good Care Group, you never have to worry about the safety of your loved ones or the quality of care being provided. We take a person-centred approach to care, whereby the individual requiring support has a bespoke care plan tailored around them and their preferences.
We are the only live-in care provider in England to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the CQC. Our professional carers are trained beyond industry standards and managed by an expert and local care manager. We take a holistic approach to care that considers not only the care needs of our clients but their lifestyle choices and preferences as well.
If you are a family carer that needs a break from their caregiving duties to rest and recharge, consider respite care. Our respite care services provide families with an opportunity to try a 24-hour live-in care arrangement for the first time and see if they would like to take the step into a more permanent arrangement.
If you believe your loved one could use extra support at home, do not hesitate to contact our friendly team to learn how we can help you and your family.
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