February may be most famous for being the month in which Valentine’s Day falls, but there’s another holiday that revolves around relationships and lasts all month long. Relationship Wellness Month is a great time for you to reflect on your relationship with your aging adult and determine how you want to nurture that relationship.
Spend Time Together.
One really easy way for you and your senior to improve and nurture your relationship is to spend more time together. Set up some special activities together, whether that means outings one afternoon a week or watching a movie a couple of times a week. Tailor your ideas around what you and your elderly family member both enjoy doing. You might even want to try learning something new together, such as a craft you’ve both wanted to try or learning a language together.
Take Time Away from Caregiving.
Ironically, one way that you can improve your relationship with your aging adult as her caregiver is to take some time away from caregiving. This allows you to recharge yourself and to come back to the caregiving relationship with a fresher mindset than you may have had. Engage senior care providers to fill in for you and take as much time as you need in order to come back with a stronger frame of mind.
Open up Communication.
You may feel as if you and your elderly family member have a strong relationship, but you might still want to open up the lines of communication with your senior. Every relationship can be improved, even if it simply means spending more time together or finding new activities to try together. Talk to your aging family member about what she wants and what she would see as an improvement to your relationship.
Learn More about Caregiving in General.
The more that you learn about being a family caregiver, the more techniques you’ll have to put to use with your senior. Consider joining a support group so that you can interact with other caregivers who are in a similar situations as the one you’re in. You might also want to consider reading books written by caregivers and about caregiving and finding different online resources that can help you to learn as much as possible about caregiving.
The key to any relationship is being open and willing to work on the relationship. Your caregiving journey is going to be much smoother if you and your senior are able to work together.