Taking care of an older parent or spouse can be hectic and leave little time for individuals to relax and find time for themselves, but with enough proper planning, it may be possible to find some leisure time while still acting as a caregiver, according to The PoughKeepsie Journal.
Longterm care expert Dr. Marion Summers told the news source that creating an organized schedule is one way for caregivers to find some time in the day to relax, even if it's for only 15 minutes.
She recommends that one should start by keeping track of all their errands during the day, from financial responsibilities to doctor's appointments.
Secondly, one should also try to stay in touch with other family members and reach out to them for help. This can be a boon for caregivers who feel overwhelmed. Likewise, community resources, such as senior day care or town centers, can offer entertainment for older adults while those attending to them can enjoy some time off.
The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) estimates that there are 65 million American family caregivers across the country, but many feel reluctant to share their problems or seek support.