6 Tips for caregiving and de-stressors for elderly care.

4 min readAug 24, 2021

The things you need to try out!

elderly mom and her daughter are happily sitting on a couch

Nothing can be more warm and fuzzy than a good de-stressing session. Your elderly care is incomplete with one. Show them your love. Help them cope with age aggressors to make them feel relaxed, laid back, and happy.

You can have a share of their detox ritual too and enjoy your life free of caregiver stress for good. Also, this can help reduce the number of home care visits for your loved one.

Here are some ingenious ideas for you to make it happen.

1. Search for non-drug stress management

It’s difficult to be an aging adult coping with a steady decline in mental and physical health.

Although there is no cure for natural aging. There sure are ways to eliminate stress, toxins and promote cellular regeneration for a more productive and functional quality of life.

Non-drug stress management habits can be useful, as popping pills or sleep aids, psychoactive drugs, and depression medications can be harmful and illogical in the long run.

The higher risk lurks in the fact that it’s habit forming. Once you’re on it, you’re sure going to be dependent on it for the rest of your life.

It’s better to consider practicing non-drug induced stress management techniques. Like daily planning, it cuts out stress, and it starts with a very simple step — like fixing a time for everything. From morning wake up calls to breakfast, medications, lunch, dinner, and bedtime.

If your elder is getting timely care with a set of activities for the day perfectly planned, the chances of insomnia, poor sleep hygiene, or missed medications reduce drastically.

It not only manages their daily life stresses quite effectively without any drugs or pills to depend on but also enables you to feel free and less overburdened.

BrioCare, a family caregiving app can help as a perfect planner, making sure you’re sticking to your nondrug stress management resolutions.

2. Try detox sessions in your family caregiving routine.

Detoxification can be good for both you and your loved one.

Shifting to healthy diet plans, adding seeds to your elder's diet can be a useful way to increase their micronutrients. Flax, pumpkin, chia, and sunflower are good options.

You can spread them on broths, soups, and smoothies. Powdered matcha green tea has many antioxidants and anti aging benefits. If your older loved ones suffer from cognitive decline, trying Ayurveda teas with extracts of ashwagandha and Brahmi can be good.

Chamomile tea before bedtime can be a natural relaxant and insomnia treatment. You can introduce superfoods like avocados, nuts, cranberries, and acai bowls to your elder's daily diet. Did you know? Cranberries can naturally melt kidney stones and reverse renal damage.

3. Supplement regularly

Elderly care is incomplete without adequate supplementation. Certain micronutrients are absolutely essential to help maintain vital health for aging adults and it’s practically impossible to get them all in the right proportions through food. As appetite declines, for many elders, it’s important to supervise they supplement right!

Supplements are often prescribed by their GP and should be taken regularly with no fail. Slightly lower sodium or a potassium imbalance can cause fainting spells for older adults, it’s important to keep the electrolytic balance and make sure they are hydrating well.

4. Aromatherapy and aromatics

Try the organic solution of enhancing the power of natural and therapeutic aromatics and essential oils.

It can have a powerful impact on elders making them feel well rejuvenated. Scents play a powerful role in healing.

It can bring up nostalgia, trigger the autonomic nervous system and the effect is as good as an anti-anxiety drug!

Scents can are so powerful that entering a room with essential oils burning can instantly make someone feel welcomed or better. That’s why we enjoy spa centers.

Give your elders a good pillow spray with some lavender essential oil for better sleep.

Try peppermint to improve digestion, rosemary for general wellness and ylang ylang, and others for a quick massage for pain relief.

You can use them as scented candles to make sure your elder isn’t allergic *important point. You use them in bathing, with bath salts, shower tablets, and soaps. As a diffuser or a scented sachet of dried potpourri.

Replicating a spa-like environment in your bathroom can encourage your elders to bathe and unwind especially if they are aging in place. It can help you to relax at the same time.

5. Alternate healing (chiropractor, Ayurveda, acupuncture, and acupressure therapies)

Use regular chiropractic physiotherapy to keep your joint ailing elders fit and prevent health decline. A lot of older adults find acupuncture needling sessions very helpful for their migraines even in their 90s.

6. Healing sounds

Playing singing bowls, healing sounds, and scheduling an hour for mindfulness meditation for your elders can help you both be centered, take it easy and most importantly enjoy life.

Ask BrioCare to play some meditative music every day at 8 pm from the Amazon Alexa device. You will very quickly see the calming and positive effects it can have on older adults.