Apr 16 / Engaging at Home™

Caregiver, Empower Yourself!

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Engaging at Home is devoted to bringing inspiring at-home programs right to your doorstep, but today, we are not offering "activities" to engage and share with your loved ones. Instead, we are making this all about you! As the captain of this ship, we know that you need to be reminded that you are doing your best to stay afloat while navigating through rough and rapid waters.  

Caregiving is an incredibly tough job, but we are here to let you know that we recognize how hard you work and see every effort you put into showing up for your loved one. So, today, choose to set aside that never-ending to-do list for a bit and give yourself a moment to reflect on every goal you have achieved – no matter how big or how small. Then, pat yourself on the back because you deserve to feel empowered!  

Maybe you haven't checked off every box, but you need to know you are doing the best you can and that your best is awesome! As your loved one's caregiver, we understand what it feels like when the waves come crashing in. The weight of your journey can often seem to fill your cup up to the brim before completely washing over. Still, no matter where you are on your path, know that there are several clear ways to help you navigate through murky waters in a way that feels empowering.  

First, remember that you don't have to be the only one steering this ship. The Putnam County Office for Senior Resources recommends reaching out to learn more about programs and services in your community that might be able to help alleviate some of the burdens off your shoulders. Then, join a support group. Take advantage of the opportunity to connect with other caregivers, empowering yourself with different tactics that they have learned and shared with you from their journeys.  

Next, Putnam County Office for Senior Resources recommends creating a caregiver care plan to promote your physical, mental, and emotional health, with suggestions that include:  

  • Taking time off for at least 30 minutes a day
  • Doing something frivolous and exciting, or quiet and peaceful
  • Setting boundaries
  • Accepting your limitations and stop trying to fix everything


Making plans for yourself and then sticking to them is also one of the best ways to prevent burnout. ReaDementia notes that most caregivers are known to feel guilty if they choose to spend time or money on themselves rather than their loved ones, yet it is so important! Caregiving is a selfless journey, but that are still times when it is also okay to be a little selfish by giving your heart and soul what they need while offering yourself some credit.  

Lastly, it's okay if you're not a perfect caregiver. Truth be told, no one is. Family Caregiver Alliance says, "You have the right to the full range of human emotions, and sometimes you are going to be impatient or frustrated. Learning to forgive your loved one as well as yourself is essential in the caregiving journey."  

Above all else, remember to honor yourself. It's not about seeing the glass as half empty or half full but more so about recognizing that you cannot fill anyone else's cups when your own has started to run dry. You will always be able to provide the best care to your loved one when you are feeling healthy, rejuvenated, and, most importantly, empowered.    
Engaging at Home™ helps caregivers to feel empowered by offering ways to have meaningful engagement with loved ones who have cognitive impairment. We provide narrated videos, activities, seated wellness and fitness videos, and more. Contact us today for a free 14-day trial.  

Engaging at Home™ provides an at-home engagement program bringing love, compassion, and validation to those affected by dementia and their families. Reach us via email at info@engagingathome.com or by calling (602) 418-5196.
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