Loving your parent is the not a prerequisite to becoming their caretaker. Although you may feel responsible for their wellbeing, it may not be the best fit for you or your loved one. When professional caregivers were asked what tips they would provide someone considering senior at home care this is what they shared.
Caregivers must be advocates. Not only are you advocating for your parent or the senior you are caring for now, but for older adults. As an advocate, you must be proactive and speak out where necessary to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of your mom or dad. Not everyone can struggle through the challenge of aging alone, therefore finding the right fit is important to for your mom or dad’s happiness.
If you have taken on the challenge, you do not have to do it alone. Ask for help, seek respite care, as these options can benefit both you and your parent. Find others like yourself, other adult children who are caring for their parents. Support each other through the process and learn the tips and tricks that will benefit both you and your loved one. You are not alone, and if you hire outside help, you are not betraying your parent. Providing your mother or father senior at home care is a blessing that you can share.
Seek financial support to answer the needs of your parent to resolve the guilt and pain you may create for yourself in trying to master senior at home care. There are alternative solutions and resources to provide answers. For a family to provide the best care, they must make sure to care for themselves first, and for many, that’s hard when feeling responsible for others they love. Seek out the assistance of senior at home care specialists.