Did you know that each and every one of us is carrying a bucket with us at all times? I’m not talking about a physical bucket—it’s a mental bucket that you can fill up every day.
Your bucket can get filled by friends, family, and yourself.
What goes in this bucket?
Positive behaviors are put inside your bucket to help you acknowledge your strengths.
“Wow! Peter, you did a great job with the photos from this weekend!”
“Son, I think it’s a wonderful idea that you’re volunteering at school.”
“I could have gone into the city with friends, but instead, I spent some great quality time with my sister.”
However, as we age, less and less people fill your bucket. You can’t rely on others to fill your bucket as an adult. Instead, we have to do it ourselves.
Just five minutes a day using the bucket method can help boost your confidence:
- List all of the good things that happened throughout the day no matter how small
- Did you wake up on time for work today?
- Did you make someone’s day better?
- Did you smile today?
You’ll see that there’s a lot of things that make you feel better about yourself.
It’s going to take some practice, but using the bucket method helps you focus your thoughts on positive behavior rather than dwelling on all of the things that didn’t go “right”.
10. Hiring Professional Help for Respite Care
As time passes and your loved one’s care needs increase, you may need to hire professional help.
Professional caregivers are trained to deal with some of the toughest responsibilities of caring for seniors. It’s not uncommon for you to find personal care for your loved one as being difficult—1 in 4 family caregivers found it difficult to provide proper assistance. 40% of family caregivers find that the most difficult duties are dealing with personal care—such as incontinence, changing adult diapers, and bathing.
While you may be able to save on the cost of home care with a family caregiver, a professional caregiver may hold a professional license in your state and have years of experience.
Home Care Agency
Many families rely on home care agencies to find a professional caregiver. An agency takes on the liability of hiring a caregiver as the employer. You won’t need to worry about things such as payroll taxes and worker related injuries. Agencies also take care of the screening process like running a criminal background check and interviewing caregivers for your loved one. There are many benefits to using a home care agency but as with any business, there are overhead costs passed on to the family in the agency’s rates.
Another option in finding affordable home care for seniors is hiring a caregiver directly who you find through word-of-mouth. If your loved one is part of a congregation or volunteer organization, there may be someone who has caregiving experience and is available to help. You can also find a caregiver by looking through your local classifieds section or on an online directory.
eCaregivers is an online community that connects you with local, pre-screened caregivers. You can search for caregivers who live and work in your neighborhood with your zip code. Unlike your local classifieds sections, eCaregivers give you many options for local, private caregivers whose online profiles outline their experiences, qualifications, and schedule availability making it easier to find the caregiver who meets your needs.
Caregivers who join eCaregivers list a range of their rates for caregiver services. Generally rates start at $10-$14/hour, compared to the $20-$24/hour most agencies charge, helping you save thousands of dollars in a year while still ensuring quality home care for your loved one.
All of the caregivers on eCaregivers have passed a criminal background check so you have a peace of mind that you’re hiring a vetted caregiver for your loved one.
About the Author
Peter Kang is a writer for eCaregivers. He is inspired by his caregiver experience with his late grandfather and role model, a Korean War veteran, to help families find affordable care for their loved ones. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter.