One of the most important things for keeping many carers going is to have a routine. We've been talking to carers about how their routines are changing through the Coronavirus outbreak. Here are some of the thoughts that are coming up:
If you'd like to prepare your own weekly routine, we've prepared a weekly planner for you to download here.
8 handy questions to think about when planning your weekly routines:
Are there any important routines for the person you care for (e.g. Medication, appointments, physio etc)?
When will you make time to speak to others – family, friends, neighbours, other carers? This could be over the telephone, on a video call or even a cup of tea over the garden fence. Our virtual cuppa is at 4pm every day – you can sign up here.
There’s a lot of news coming through at the moment. What will be your moments of the day to check in on what’s going on? Other carers also tell us it helps to have time when we switch off, including social media updates.
Research says that connecting with nature can really help our mental health. What opportunities do you have? If you can’t go for a walk outside, perhaps you could make a bird feeder?
Sometimes it’s tempting to make ourselves busy all the time. When will you schedule some quiet time to read a book?
What are the practical things that need doing (Cleaning, washing etc)? Who else could help?
Options for physical activity are a bit different at the moment. What would be the best time for getting going? There are some special videos online to help you exercise at home.
Weekends: How will you make the weekend feel different – is there something relaxing or fun, perhaps?
Do you have anything you would recommend to to other carers to help their routines really work for them? We would love to hear your ideas, do send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like a hand planning your routines, or have any worries at all, you can book in a completely free call with a carers coach here.