A Day in the Life of a Caregiver

Nancy Snyder

Home Health Care

Relief for Alzheimer’s Caregivers in Kalamazoo

Caring for a loved one is rewarding, but demanding. Caring Companions Kalamazoo offers respite care, providing families with well-deserved breaks. A study by the National Alliance for Caregiving (https://www.caregiving.org/) highlights how respite care can reduce caregiver stress, anxiety, and depression, allowing them to return to their caregiving role with renewed energy and compassion.

For anyone not familiar with the home care process, here is a typical daily schedule for an in-home non-medical companion! 

Meet Sarah, a Caring Companion to Mr. Miller, a lovely gentleman with dementia.

6 a.m. Rise and Shine! Caregiver Sarah arrives at Mr. Miller’s Kalamazoo home. They start with a calming routine – dressing, self care, and enjoying breakfast together, reminiscing about Kalamazoo and flipping through photo albums filled with memories.

9 a.m. Outdoor Time! Taking a stroll around the block provides fresh air, familiar sights, and gentle exercise. Sarah and Mr. Miller chat with neighbors and greet friendly dogs, creating a sense of connection in their community

10 a.m. Workout Time! Back home, light exercises keep Mr. Miller mobile. Singing and clapping along to classic tunes on the radio adds a touch of joy and cognitive stimulation since studies have shown that music can improve mood, memory, and even language skills in dementia patients: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36973733/.

Noon Lunchtime! Sarah prepares a nutritious meal based on Mr. Miller’s preferences, keeping the conversation engaging and relaying topics of the day. Finger foods and hydrating fruits are on the menu most days.

1 p.m. Nap Time! Rest is crucial. Sarah helps Mr. Miller settle back in his favorite recliner for quiet time with soothing music or while listening to a familiar book on tape.

2 p.m. Creative Time! The afternoon offers opportunities for creative expression. Painting, puzzles featuring Kalamazoo landmarks, or other tactile activities provide stimulation and a sense of accomplishment and engagement.

3 p.m. A short visit to the grocery store or another local attraction! Familiar sights and sounds offer a calming experience. They might explore the local grocery or stop by a farmers market together.

4 p.m. Resettle Time! Back home, Sarah and Mr. Miller prepare dinner, folding laundry together – a familiar task that provides purpose and routine.

5 p.m. Dinner Time! Dinner is a social time for conversation and shared moments.

6 p.m. Sarah helps Mr. Miller with his bedtime routine and activities of daily living, ensuring he feels safe and secure. This dedicated care allows Mr. Miller’s family peace of mind and they are very appreciative of the time they have to themselves thanks to her care.

Want your own “Sarah?”

Caregiver Respite: Recharging for You

At Caring Companions Kalamazoo, we understand the importance of supporting our senior community, especially those facing Alzheimer’s. If you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s in Kalamazoo, Caring Companions can help. Contact us to learn more about our compassionate in-home care and respite services.

If you have questions or need help, we are here to help care for those who wish to remain in their homes as long as possible. Call us today at 269-204-6537 to learn more.

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