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New Year’s is the time of year when we all want a fresh start and maybe a new change or resolution to escape whatever the previous year had in store for us. But if you follow some of these basic tips, you may just be able to become more organized and prepared especially if you have a loved on hospice and you are the caregiver.

Accept and ask for help as the caregiver. The holidays are usually a hustle and bustle and once it’s over, we feel burnt out. Make sure you ask for help and understand you cannot do everything yourself even though you may want to. We are all human, not superheroes.

Complete legal documents for your loved one. Whether it’s a living will, durable power of attorney, and even a trust, getting it taken care of sooner than later will make you feel accomplished and will help you prepare for what’s next.

Learn about any resources that are available in your area and community. Whether it’s financial assistance, meals on wheels, and even respite, home health, or hospice services, the sooner you do this, the better you will feel and how it will benefit your loved one as well.

Learn everything about your loved ones medical condition and history to help you not only understand possible courses the disease or illness process could go. Becoming more knowledgeable about medical conditions can start preemptively preparing for what’s next and getting proper assistance for the patient and family rather than waiting before it’s too late.

Take time for yourself. Caregiver burnout is extremely high in our society and you need to make time for yourself whether it’s just taking a day off or doing a hobby you enjoy, do it. Everyone deserves a break and we are human, and are not invincible but susceptible to responsibilities and conviction to duties especially when it’s related to the care of our lives ones.

Take time this New Year to create a resolution that will benefit you and your loved one. Make the most of this fresh start and see what can happen when the initiative is taken.

Brent Maltsbarger
Hospice Partners of Missouri