Has my home or theirs turned into a Senior Home Care?
It may or may not have crossed your mind that you may become a caregiver to your elderly parents. Perhaps you have discussed changing needs with a loved one, have assumed more responsibilities for your aging parent or relative, or have even done some planning for the future. A more likely scenario is that an unexpected event—a visit to your loved one, or a call from a physician or neighbor—will alert you to the fact that assistance is needed.
Does Your Loved One Need Help?
• Difficulty standing, unsteady when standing, recent falls
• Poor grooming/personal hygiene
• Loss of appetite, changes in eating and cooking habits
• Spoiled and/or outdated food in the refrigerator, little nutritious food in the home
• Diminished driving skills
• Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
• Reluctance to socialize
• Difficulty concentrating, poor judgment
• Memory loss, forgetfulness, or confusion
• Mishandled medications
• Persistent fatigue or loss of energy
• Personality changes, irritability, sudden mood changes
• Unopened mail, past due bills, mishandled finances
• Poor housekeeping/home maintenance, unsafe living conditions
Caring for aging parents can become very time-consuming and emotionally wrenching as we watch our loved ones decline in health. Trying to bravely go it alone, taking in an ailing parent, or assuming other large, long term chores is not for everyone. It’s okay to say “no”. Every adult child is not the same and many are simply unable to do a good job of being a primary caregiver. Admitting this to ourselves is both healthy and necessary.
Sometimes it seems as if our parents crank on the volume on resistance.
The bad news that your parents could have always been critical, grumpy, intrusive, or just plain stubborn, it’s unlikely that old age and poor health will improve their personality much. The good news is that as an adult, you’ve probably become more confident in yourself and have learned to deal with them more effectively — and if you haven’t, now is your chance to learn.
Then, you get a short break and you think it will all be ok. We know that as long as their alive the path can be filled with struggles. This is work, sometimes more than we anticipated. Those time when their arguing, or showing those most annoying habits or ways. We are like a juggler trying to keep all the balls in the air at the same time. We have our own families, our jobs those never ending lists. We ask ourselves in the quietness of night where is the appreciation. We know we’re tired but we don’t throw in the towel. No matter the decisions that have to be made, we know there will be ups and downs, good days and bad. We know we’re doing the right thing. If you are caring for an aging parent, be sure and build a plan for taking care of yourself too. Believe it or not, it’s possible to make your relationship work more smoothly so that you can help them through this stage of life.
We would be happy to discuss options to help with the care of your parents.
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