Time Management Solutions for Overwhelmed Family Caregivers

A woman who is one of many overwhelmed family caregivers makes notes on her refrigerator to schedule her day.

For overwhelmed family caregivers, balancing caregiving duties can be challenging, but effective time management can make it easier.

If today’s to-dos seem like more than you can possibly fit into 24 short hours, you’re not alone! Family caregivers are often overloaded with daily care tasks: Planning and preparing meals. Medical appointments. Shopping and other errands. Housework and laundry. Personal care and hygiene. Planning activities that are purposeful and enjoyable for the senior. And all of this is in addition to meeting the needs of your own household, children, spouse, and if there’s any time left over, yourself!

If you are one of many overwhelmed family caregivers, we invite you to hit the pause button for just a moment, take a deep breath, and implement these tried-and-true time management tips to help each day run more smoothly.

Prioritize

Start the day by prioritizing tasks into categories, such as what must be done today, what you’d like to do today, and what can wait until another day. This allows you to devote your full attention to the most pressing needs and set aside the rest.

Define

With your list of tasks for the day in hand, decide who is best suited to take care of them. You may be the best person to help the older adult with showering and getting ready for the day, while a neighbor may be able to take the person to the doctor and out for lunch afterwards.

Implement

The temptation to procrastinate can be a powerful one to overcome! Now that you have a plan in place for your day, jump in and accomplish the tasks that need your attention. However, bear in mind that self-care should always be a top priority. Surround yourself with a strong support system that allows you the time away needed to ensure your own health is never being compromised.

Through it all, remind yourself that the work you’re doing is incredibly important. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily details and lose sight of the big picture and the fact that everything you do for the person you love is causing a positive and lasting impact.

With that in mind, allow yourself some grace on the days when things don’t go as planned, as will certainly be the case from time to time! When a crisis or setback arises and your to-dos are left undone, realize that tomorrow is a new day and the tasks will be there whenever you’re ready to tackle them again.

Harmony Home Health and Hospice’s care professionals are fully trained, experienced, and ready to assist overwhelmed family caregivers in meeting all of their senior family members’ health care needs – allowing you the time away you need for a balanced and healthy life. Call us at 1-877-I-NEED-CARE (1-877-463-3322) for a free in-home consultation to learn more. Harmony Home Health and Hospice provides home health and hospice care in Orem, Tooele, Albuquerque, NM and throughout Central New Mexico and Northern Utah.