Aging is inevitable. As much as the skin care and nutritional supplement companies would like to make us believe it can be avoided, eventually we will all succumb to it. And when the time comes, we will need to turn to others to assist with even the basic needs.
Over the course of the last year, my grandparents have needed more and more care. This has been a major shift in our lives and in the way that we homeschool. But, this change has convinced us even more “why” we have chosen to homeschool and we cherish having this extra time with our family.
4 Ways to Make it Easier
- Take your lessons on the go: Whenever I know we’re going to be out of the house for the day, I will make sure to pack the day’s school work to go with us. We have found that most places we end up waiting have wi fi, so we’re able to use educational apps as well as do workbooks, read, and even play quiet games. Another way we’ve been able to learn on the go is “interviewing” our family members. Monkey has been able to learn so much just by asking questions about their lives growing up.
- Don’t over-plan your day: A lot of times, we don’t know what to expect when we get to my grandparents house. Even though we are communicating multiple times a day, unexpected needs can still arise. Our school time needs to be flexible. During this time, we have decided to stop all group classes that require us to be somewhere at scheduled times every week. Instead, we have learned to go with the flow and enjoy the time we can spend with family.
- Don’t forget to take care of yourself: You won’t be any good to those you are caring for if you have worn yourself down to nothing. Take a day off from homeschooling and go get that pedicure you’ve been dying for. Or just spend some quiet time reading a book while the kids watch a movie. Your needs are important too and they need to take priority some times.
- Ask for help: Asking for help does not mean failure! It can feel that way at times, admitting that you can’t do everything yourself, but asking for help can be the best thing for everyone involved. Whether that means having your spouse take over some of the schooling, cooking, household chores or bringing in help for your relatives – asking for hep does NOT mean you have failed. When my grandparents primary care physician first brought up the idea of assigning them a social worker, I was a bit offended and worried to be honest. I didn’t know what that meant and I was worried that their doctor thought I wasn’t caring for them appropriately. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about and their social worker has been a life saver! She is able to help us navigate their insurance and coordinate their care between the primary care and all the specialists they are seeing. If any of us have questions about a medication or care instructions, we are able to get quick and easy answers from someone who knows their medical history. Accepting the help that I didn’t realize I needed has made all the difference.
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Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
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