Ahhhh! Here we are deep in summer and as these dog days of August start to approach we all get a little nostalgic for an old summer love. Remember the trips up to the lake in Wisconsin or all the fun adventures to sports games, festivals, the race track, and late evening walks in the woods? Well, young and old have sweet memories from summer days. While Hollywood and our culture may glorify young love, at Assisting Hands Home Care we are crazy for love at all ages! We know that many times marriage is a beautiful bond between two people that truly does mean “in sickness and in health.”
Caring for Your Spouse
As the primary caregiver, you need support. Making time to get out to the grocery store, spend time with grandkids, or even take a few days away with friends are important for your own self-care so you can better take care of your loved one. Remember the old saying, “put your own oxygen mask on first?” Well, this one bears repeating because it seems that when faced with the situation in our own lives, we don’t follow the advice until we get to the point of caregiver burnout.
Consider the following situations in which an Assisting Hands caregiver can support your family:
- Your spouse has early stages of dementia and you’re afraid to leave him or her alone.
- Your spouse suffered a stroke and needs extra assistance bathing, walking, and preparing meals.
- Your spouse was YOUR primary caregiver but is now suffering her own struggle
- Your spouse is undergoing treatment pre- or post-surgery and needs 24/7 vigilance
Strains on Family Caregivers
Being a family caregiver can potentially have serious health consequences on the caregiver.
Families may not want to be a burden on their children or may worry about losing their independence and current lifestyle. This can be a strain on the caregiver and can be dangerous for the other spouse if the caregiver falls ill or is suddenly unable to provide the same care. Often families realize all at once how much assistance their loved one needs and quickly need to find help.
Get Help from a Home Care Agency
Building a relationship with a caregiving agency allows you to develop a level of comfort before needs become too acute.
So, when we enter your home this summer, we will look for that twinkle in your eye when you tell us about your spouse! We know we have an important job to do-care for the love of your life!
For more information about how we can help you take care of your spouse, call Assisting Hands Home Care at (847) 462-4402 and we’ll set you up with a free consultation to discuss their needs.