As the family caregiver of your elderly parent, the care you provide is done through a labor of love. However, at times it can be overwhelming checklist of stressful and frustrating tasks. Unfortunately, as you spend more time providing care for your aging parent, you may find that you are feeling distracted at work, eating less healthy and spending less time with your spouse and children. Eventually, between trying to juggle running your household, working and caregiving, you may increase the risk of a decline in the overall quality of your life, chronic illness and/or depression. Fortunately, there is a solution. Home care providers are available to assist you with the care of your aging parent; allowing them to remain in their home instead of an assisted living community and giving you the time you need to do the things you need to take care of outside of caregiving.
Taking Care of Yourself
It is extremely common for family caregivers to skip regular exercise, eat poorly and to keep going with their daily routine, even if they are fatigued or ill. Despite these risks, you, like most family caregivers, continue to do the best you can for your elderly parent. But, it is important to understand that as a caregiver, without properly taking care of yourself, there may come a time when you become too overwhelmed and/or too ill to provide the care you want for your aging parent. It is essential that you take time for yourself and to understand that it is possible to meet your needs, while continuing to meet the needs of your aging parent.
Home Care Providers Can Help
Home care providers can provide a wide range of assistance, including respite care, which gives you an opportunity to take an occasional break from your caregiver responsibilities. Unlike living in an assisted living community, your aging parent is able to age at home, while receiving help with the tasks that you may typically take care of, including:
- Household chores
- Help with meal preparations
- Medication reminders
- Running errands
- Social interactions and companionship
- Personal hygiene, such as bathing and dressing
It is often difficult to think about your own needs when your aging parent needs you and you may even feel guilty or as if your parent is being neglected if you are not continually there. But, this cannot be any further from the truth. In reality, when you seek the help of home care providers, it gives you an opportunity to recharge emotionally and physically as well as spend time with your parent doing fun activities. Seeking assisted living at-home services is about seeking the best balance for you, your parent and your peace of mind.