Is it almost 2017 already? How did that happen? I’ve been so busy that I barely noticed 2016 go by. I’m a live-in for an older woman who needs 24/7 care and of course I have obligations to my parents and sisters as well. My mom asked me recently about my New Year’s resolutions, and my first instinct was to say, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

But I’ve let the idea percolate in my mind and I came up with a few resolutions that I’d really like to keep this year.

Sharing Pictures with the Client’s Family

I’m pretty good about calling with updates and texting during the day when there’s something interesting to report. But I haven’t been sharing pictures with the client’s family, and now that technology makes it so easy to do there’s really no reason not to. I’m sure they would be happy to get a WhatsApp message with a picture of their mom sitting in the garden and smiling or enjoying a game of cards.

Putting My Feet Up Sometimes

When my client is napping or engaged in a quiet activity, I often rush around doing laundry, cooking or cleaning. And I still need to do that. But I can also take a few minutes for putting up my feet and recharging my own batteries. I want to be on my best game for my client, and I realize that short breaks throughout the day actually help me do my job better. So I need to remember to do that more often. (Don’t worry, everything will still get done…)

Finding New Recipes

I love to cook but my client doesn’t love to eat. I know that this is due to the fact that she has fewer taste buds and that food doesn’t taste as good as it used to, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be tempted by a particularly flavorful dish. It’s not always easy to cook for her, since she has high blood pressure and diabetes so she can’t have salt or sugar. I’ve been using Mrs. Dash salt-free seasonings but there must be more ideas out there. I’m dedicating the next month to finding new recipes online or in cookbooks that meet my client’s dietary needs and are also delicious.

Getting My Client to Exercise

That sounds like a huge task, but I’ve been reading lately about how even the least mobile seniors can do small amounts of exercise. Getting my client to exercise isn’t going to be easy, but I am thinking of ways to make it fun so she’ll want to move around a bit more. We’ll switch off the TV more often and get outdoors as much as we can. We can move her muscles and keep joints from creaking with regular movement. My client loves music so we can play songs with a beat and pretend to dance.

These are my resolutions for the New Year. I have promised myself to work hard at them and not give up on January 2nd. I look forward to seeing how these resolutions help my client and my relationship with her.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? I would love to hear!