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If you are in a successful, lasting relationship, you understand that it requires compromise, commitment, and sacrifice. The happiest relationships are those where both parties selflessly look after each other. This balance shifts, however, if you find yourself caregiving for your partner. And this shift can have an adverse impact on the dynamics of your relationship if you’re not careful.

Naturally, you want to do everything you can for your spouse. Nonetheless, it’s vital that you ensure you’re not sacrificing your romantic connection in the process. Trying to parent your companion can cause bitterness – for both of you. To keep healthy boundaries in place, keep the following tips in mind:

If all this seems easier in theory, there are some specific things you can do to ensure you’re keeping appropriate boundaries when caregiving for your partner:

An at-home caregiver is a great option to ensure your partner has all of the support and help needed, letting you concentrate on spending quality time together as a couple. Contact us online or call us at (530) 885-7444 for more information regarding our Auburn, CA senior care services or care throughout the surrounding areas.

Surprisingly, caring for someone and spending so much time with them to make sure they’re well can actually be incredibly isolating. Yet feeling isolation as a caregiver is actually quite common, for a number of reasons:

No matter the reason for feeling isolated as a caregiver, it’s important to take the necessary steps to overcome it. Social isolation can result in serious health problems, such as heart problems, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, and difficulties with attention and memory, just to name a few.

Our home care professionals recommend starting today with implementing one or more of these ideas:

Of course, socializing more as a caregiver is not always the easiest change to make. It requires finding a dependable source for relief from your caregiving tasks to enable you to step away and care for your own needs. Fortunately, Help at Home Senior Care offers the ideal solution. Reach out to us online or at (530) 885-7444 and together, with our respite care in Lincoln, CA and the nearby areas, we can construct a plan to ensure the best care for the older adult you love, and a healthier life balance for you also.

In his documentary about grief, George Shelley uses an analogy of glitter. Throw glitter into the air, and it’ll fall into the cracks and crevices of the floor, impossible to fully sweep up and remove. Anyone who has lost a loved one can relate. Yet in some instances, grief may be so overwhelming that it could result in a serious and aptly-named condition: broken heart syndrome.

Broken heart syndrome is a real and serious physical condition that stems from the grueling stress experienced in some kinds of grief (such as one spouse losing the other after decades of marriage). The medical term is takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a temporary enlargement of the heart that prevents it from pumping blood effectively. 

Furthermore, broken heart syndrome is more common than people may know. A number of high-visibility examples include Johnny Cash, who passed on just four months following the loss of his wife and George H.W. Bush, who became ill following the death of his wife of 73 years. 

There has been research on the impact of grief on a person’s physical health for years. In 1995, for instance, the term “widowhood effect” was coined to explain the 30% increase in mortality rate faced by those who lost a longtime partner. Other scientists determined a connection between the immune system and grief. Some surviving spouses simply lose the will to live. 

Help prevent this condition and ease the pain of grief for someone you love with these tips.

A trained caregiving companion from Help at Home Senior Care can also be a great way to help a senior who is grieving. We offer socialization and plenty of opportunities for reminiscing and conversations, along with engaging activities, transportation wherever an older adult would like to go, and so much more. Reach out to us online or at (530) 885-7444 for a complimentary in-home consultation to find out more about our Auburn, CA senior care and care throughout the surrounding areas.

If today’s to-dos look like a lot more than you can possibly fit into 24 short hours, you are not alone! Family caregivers are frequently inundated with daily care tasks: Shopping and other errands. Planning activities that are purposeful and enjoyable for the older adult. Medical appointments. Personal care and hygiene. Planning and preparing meals. Housework and laundry. And all of this is on top of meeting the needs of your own household, children, spouse, and if there’s any time left over, yourself!

We invite you to hit the pause button for just a moment, take a deep breath, and implement these tried-and-true time management techniques to help each day run more smoothly.


Start the day by prioritizing tasks into categories, such as what must be done today, what you’d like to accomplish today, and what can wait until another day. This allows you to commit your full attention to the most pressing needs and set aside the rest.


With your list of responsibilities for the day in hand, choose who is best suited to handle them. You may be the best person to help a senior loved one with showering and getting ready for the day, while a friend might be able to take the older adult to the physician and out for lunch afterwards.


The temptation to procrastinate can be a strong one to overcome! Now that you have a plan set up for your day, jump in and accomplish the tasks that require your attention. More importantly, keep in mind self-care should always be a high priority. Surround yourself with a strong support system that allows you enough time away to make sure your own health is never being compromised.

Through it all, remind yourself that the work you are doing is exceptionally important. It is easy to get caught up in the daily details and lose sight of the big picture and the fact that everything you do for the senior you love is producing a positive and lasting impact.

Bearing that in mind, allow yourself some grace on the days when things do not go as planned, which will surely end up being the case from time to time! When a setback or crisis arises and your to-dos are left undone, realize that tomorrow is a brand new day and the tasks will undoubtedly be there whenever you are prepared to tackle them again.

Help at Home Senior Care’s care providers are experienced, fully trained, and ready to assist family caregivers in meeting each one of a senior family member’s needs – permitting you the time away you'll need for a healthy and balanced life. Contact us at (530) 885-7444 for a free of charge in-home consultation and to learn more about our in-home care in Rocklin, CA and the nearby communities.

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