“I recommend you take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” These words from the Earl of Chesterfield (shared in this Sageminder.com collection of quotes for caregivers) are appropriate for those caring for a senior, because in many cases, caregivers find themselves making a care decision following a crisis. And of course, in the case of a crisis, decisions often must be made in a minute.
Caregiving is a moment-to-moment journey, especially for those dealing with a loved one who has dementia or another degenerative chronic disease or illness. There is little time for decision-making, and even less time for planning ahead.
However, as the Earl of Chesterfield seemed to imply in his words, thinking of and planning for the future in terms of simple, fleeting minutes means that the long, difficult hours will be covered.
While we don’t recommend making a senior care decision in a minute, there are many ways to take a minute to think about care (either for yourself or a loved one), whether you or your loved one need it now. Here’s how:
- Browse our site for senior care listings in your city/state. Know what’s available so when you’re in a pinch, you have a starting point.
- Outline your 5 wishes for end-of-life care.
- Plug into resources online and in your community. Learn more about what’s out there via this Caregiving Resource Guide.