You may mean well. However, work and family keep you so busy you do not have the time to stop by and see your parent(s) on a daily basis. Some days it is even difficult to find the time call and check in. Mom or dad seem to be handling their circumstances, or at least that is what they tell you. However, you believe there is something lacking. You would like to provide them with more time and even provide senior home care that might include daily check-ins, shopping trips and meal preparation. However, you work full-time, have a family and need to take care of yourself as well. There are just not enough hours in the day. The only complaint you get from your parent is that they are getting lonely, and they are bored, they do not see anyone and have nothing to do.
You know that if mom or dad were more active they would be happier and keep themselves in better health. This just might be the time to contact senior home care professionals and request information that would benefit your parent. There may be a senior center nearby that offers transportation for free or for a nominal charge. Mom or dad could go daily and spend the time participating in adult activities with other senior citizens. If your parent is active and busy, it may alleviate your guilt, even though you should not have to add their needs onto yours. Assisting your parent in finding the right senior care fit is sufficient, and it allows you to maintain your relationship.
Senior home care experts will also offer to perform an assessment to identify your parents’ needs, as well as their interests. If additional elder home care services are needed in the future, a plan has already been created and will only need modification as your parents’ abilities and needs change.