Watching your parents age can be hard. Trying to help them and find appropriate care can be even tougher.
Many adult children feel that they should step in and become the caregiver to their aging loved ones. Doing so can cause issues of their own, including financial strains, missed work days and problems with other relationships.
It is important to remember that your situation is not unique. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, there are approximately 44 million families and friends that provide unpaid care to another adult, sometimes full time.
Many of these people struggle to provide quality care while keeping up with their own responsibilities and obligations. It is important that caregivers and their families have the support and resources they need to feel secure and comfortable with making decisions about caring for their loved ones.
Whether you have moved into the role of caregiver willingly or out of necessity, it can be a very overwhelming and complex situation. It is not unusual to feel a variety of emotions, including fear, anxiety, sadness, frustration and even anger. You will need support from family, friends and professionals as you embark on this life-altering journey.
There are a variety of organizations that offer support to those individuals who are responsible for the care of another. Create a network in your area where you can rely on others in a similar situation for advice. The Internet also provides a wealth of information and resources for caregivers, including online support groups.
Respite services are essential for preventing caregiver burnout
It is not unusual for caregivers to suffer from mental stress and physical exhaustion. Taking time away from your duties and focusing on yourself for a while is mandatory. Respite care can be arranged for varying lengths of time. You will feel secure knowing that your loved one is well cared for while you enjoy some much needed time away.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Home health care from loving professionals, even for a few hours a day, can make a big difference. Personal Care Inc. offers high quality care that is customized to meet the individual needs of the client and his or her family. We are here to help caregivers in any way we can. Contact us to find out more about the many services we provide.
For more information
Call us at (800) 927-0716 or email us and we will help guide you through health care planning.