Caring for aging parents requires a lot of work. Even the most energetic son or daughter with a free schedule will become tired of the responsibility of providing senior care for a loved one. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important that you keep in mind the fact that there are friends, family members, and professionals whom you can rely on for assistance.
Look at the Situation Honestly
When you started taking care of your parent, you probably thought you could handle the responsibility entirely on your own. The fact is, few people can. Do yourself and your loved one a service by truly examining the senior care services you’re providing. Are you able to provide them with everything they need? Are you finding that the work is putting a strain on your job or personal relationships? Only by being honest with yourself will you be able to address these issues.
Talk With Your Family
If you’ve taken the job of a senior care provider entirely on your own, it may be time to talk with your family members about sharing the burden. If you haven’t brought it up yet, they might not even be aware that you’re having problems.
You don’t have to hand over all the senior care responsibilities right away if you don’t want to. You could start by dividing the work so you get evenings or weekends off. Even a little bit of free time can improve your quality of life dramatically.
Hire a Professional
It’s entirely possible (maybe even likely) that at some point your elderly loved will require professional senior care. It’s comforting to know, therefore, that professional caregivers are trained to provide the care they need to be happy and healthy.
Caregivers understand that taking care of an elderly person requires addressing that person’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. If your loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or other age-related conditions, a professional has the training to address those issues in ways you might not.
Furthermore, you’ll find that once you hire a professional caregiver, you’ll be able to spend more quality time with your parent. Without having to tend to their every need, you can concentrate on more enjoyable activities such as going for walks, visiting friends, or engaging in conversation. Also, caregivers will customize their schedule and duties however you see fit. You can hire a professional for full-time care, or have the caregiver help exclusively at the start of each day. The choice is yours!
To learn more about the ways Home Care Assistance of Dayton, OH can provide your loved one with professional senior care, contact us online, or give us a call for a free consultation today at (937) 353-1412.