KEEPING AGING PARENTS AT HOME
multitude of reasons, caregivers may want to care for their elderly loved ones
at home. As long as the situation
presents itself as safe for everyone who will be involved, keeping aging
parents at home is a very generous and wonderful thing to do. However, caring for a loved one can also be
very overwhelming if you’re not prepared.
Looking after an elderly person is probably one of the most demanding
and hardest job you will ever have, especially if you assume those responsibilities
on your own. It is extremely important
that the caregiver pays attention to their own health needs as well. Middlebury Convalescent Home offers a
few suggestions to help with caregiving at home.
- It’s important to know and understand
how much care the individual will need. Assess
the daily, weekly, and even monthly tasks that are required. Doing so will help put into perspective how
much care will be necessary.
- Once you analyze how much care is needed,
be truthful about whether or not you can provide the proper care without
jeopardizing your own health.
- Seek help with caregiving. Finding help takes a great deal of time and
effort. You need to be patient and most
times you need to be creative.
- Find opportunities for assistance
with adult day programs or hiring in-home caregivers through homecare
- Go to your local senior center to
find a volunteer to be a companion.
- Most skilled nursing facilities offer
respite care services.
- To help with meals, sign up for a
meal delivery like Meals on Wheels.
- If you have siblings and/or an
extended family, ask to share some of the responsibilities. If you don’t ask for help, it will be assumed
that you don’t need any help. If you
burn out or develop a health issue, you will not be able to care for anyone.
No suggestion will be ideal. However, when an opportunity to get any type of assistance comes your way, take advantage of it.