Going out can be stressful and time consuming depending on circumstances and the stage your loved one has reached.
Be willing to make comprises for non-important tasks such as shopping etc.; this can be speed things up and help release tension as well.
Keeping appointments and socialising with family, friends etc. together should be encouraged as this is a constructive way to stimulate conservation. The positive side is that it is lovely to do things together and enjoy whilst you are able. Just going out for a coffee can have an impact on the rest of the day.
For you, as carer, maintaining communication with family, friends and Carers’ Cafés while caring for your loved-one at home, further down the line when residential care might be required or the inevitable happens, is a practical way to keep connections alive and much needed support.
Never feel guilty for trying to keep a normal routine and independent existence however painful, tiring and difficult. Life is for living and important, with or without your loved one.