Be Organized to Make Time for Elderly Parents/Grandparents
Caring for elderly parents or grandparents can be quite daunting. There are numerous challenges. They may not live very near to your place. You would have your professional and social commitments. If you have kids, then you have a ton of responsibility in addition to all that you are drowned under. While you may want to do everything you can for your parents or elderly family members, time is of essence. Also, there is only so much you can have energy for. You cannot be on a perennial spree of work and chores.
The only way you can make time for elderly parents or grandparents is if you are very organized. Unfortunately, you would have to plan your days to the minutest detail. Fortunately, it is not as impossible as it sounds.
Here are a few ways to get organized to make time for elderly parents or grandparents.
- Your first objective should be to club things together. Many people think that doing one task at a time is helpful. It is not. If you can bring your parents over for the evening, if you can have your parents and your kids with you at the same time, if your kids’ playtime can be at your parents’ place and any such activity that can be combines, then you are going to find it easy. Most importantly, you would make more efficient use of available time.
- If your parents are not bed ridden or in need of round the clock supervision, then you can try and involve them in your day-to-day life. They can be at your home, get some work done, socialize or just be with your kids. You can take your parents to the game or to that kids’ event where your parents will also have some fun. The purpose is to be with your loved ones and not always doing a lot, be it with labor or money.
- You must always make smart decisions when it comes to commitments. Don’t commit to something that you cannot do and always adhere to the calendar. Many people have a professional calendar, an organizer for home and then a particular schedule for their parents or elderly family members. You should have only one calendar. Work, fun, responsibilities, chores, kids, spouse and parents or elderly family members must all find a place in that organizer. This way you would have one plan and you can go according to the scheme of things.