Reflect back to your teenage years. Remember how important it was to find a safe spot to be on your own, to shut out the world, turn up the music, and write your most secret thoughts in your diary?
The need for privacy that began then can become overshadowed when you started providing care for someone else. Yet it’s still very important to be able to separate yourself both mentally and physically from your caregiving role to take time for yourself.
How Can I Prioritize Privacy as a Caregiver?
Truthfully, it isn’t always easy. You may feel as if you need to always have at least one ear and eye open to the needs of the individual in your care. There are several steps you can take to help, however. Try:
- Determining house rules. In shared living spaces, put together some basic rules of etiquette that are fair for everyone. For instance, take turns choosing television shows to watch, so one person isn’t monopolizing the remote. Compromises such as this are likely to make together time less stressful for everyone.
- Designating a place of privacy for both yourself as well as the older adult. After all, they need privacy just as much as you do. Agree that whenever either of you needs some alone time, you can retreat to your selected spot and only interrupt one another in the event of an emergency.
- Considering emotional privacy. Make sure to take frequent breaks from care that allow you time to disconnect completely from your caregiving role. Go on getaways, attend activities and events with other friends and family members, take a book to the park for an enjoyable afternoon. CareWorks Health Services’ care experts are always readily available to fill your caregiving shoes while you take some time for self-care.
Special Factors to Consider for Dementia
If the person in your care is struggling with the challenges of dementia, finding privacy becomes more challenging – and much more vital to obtain. The person may need 24/7 oversight to ensure safety, but this does not mean that you should (or can) provide that amount of care yourself.
We frequently hear from primary family caregivers that there isn’t anyone in their circle of close friends and family who knows the senior or the requirements of dementia care well enough to assist. This is when our highly trained and experienced dementia caregivers are an invaluable part of your care team. We can partner with you to guarantee the consistent, reliable, skilled care a person with dementia needs, as you take the regular breaks from care you need.
Contact us at (949) 859-4700, or reach out to us online for more caregiving tips and assistance in finding a healthy life balance and prioritizing privacy as a caregiver. Our customized home care services are available in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Woods, as well as the surrounding areas.