Family carers | 5 ways to offer your support and help
Would you like to offer support for family carers?
At Sentai, we understand that family members and carers may need a helping hand when taking care of their elderly loved ones.
Keep reading to find out what you can do to help caregivers:
Offer practical help
Family carers often have busy schedules, and less time to run errands or complete chores. If your loved one is a family carer, there are various ways to show your support, such as offering practical help.
By taking on some of their responsibilities, you’re giving the carer more time to focus on themselves. Whether you assist with the dishes or work on getting the laundry done, even the smallest of tasks give them less to worry about.
Arrange breaks and make plans
Family carers work to provide their elderly loved ones with the best quality of life possible. By arranging or planning an enjoyable break, you’re giving them something to look forward to whilst finding a way to thank them for all that they do.
Whether you arrange a day trip to their favourite place or offer to take over whilst they go out and have fun, providing regular breaks is a great way to keep spirits high. If you’re stuck for ideas, why not treat them to a pamper session or night away to help them relax?
Be there to listen
Listening is a fantastic way to show support to family carers.
Due to a busy work schedule, they may have less time during the day to air their thoughts and feelings. By offering a friendly ear, you’re giving them the opportunity to open up as and when they need.
Showing that you’re there for a family carer is something that can have a large positive impact, leading to a happier mood and a clear mind. This is also an ideal opportunity to build and work on existing relationships, which can be beneficial to mental health.
Utilise our Sentai device
Our Sentai AI software can reduce the workload of family carers. Keeping everyone connected, Sentai is able to send notifications and alerts when necessary, giving carers less to worry about whilst promoting independence.
As well as this, Sentai works as a companion for elderly individuals. This removes the pressure of constant companionship, allowing the carer to carry out chores and errands throughout the day.
Seek out professional support
Caring for others is a career that comes with a busy schedule, resulting in less free time and a decline in mental wellbeing.
If you notice that the family carer is experiencing a deterioration in mental health, it may be worth recommending they seek professional support.
Talking to a professional is an effective way of working through emotions and boosting levels of self-esteem. Furthermore, talking to a professional can help create a more effective schedule, allowing family carers more time to focus on themselves and enhance their overall wellbeing.
At Sentai, we’re always looking for ways to support carers with our AI technology. For more information on what we offer, please take a look at our website or contact a member of our team.
Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to discover how to create a safe environment for your loved one?
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