Maybe you had a feeling this was going to happen. It could be one of the reasons why you’ve been living close to your elderly mother or father. They started calling you for help. Maybe it was a small thing at first, but you realize they need more and more assistance throughout the day.
Face it: you are becoming a family caregiver.
You might not think much about this and it could even feel like this is something you need to do, your responsibility, if you will. While it’s certainly not your responsibility to look after an elderly or disabled person in your family, whether it’s your mother or father, child, or someone else, you feel like it is.
As a family caregiver, stress is going to affect you. You might not think about it at first, but it will. That’s why it’s important to begin thinking about this new transition into life as a family caregiver.
What can you expect?
Sit down and determine how much care and support this senior is going to need. You might know your mother or father quite well, and that’s wonderful, but that really doesn’t change much. When you sit down and try to figure out exactly how much support and care they are going to need, you can be honest with your own expectations.
Set limits on your time.
You only have so many hours in the day to get everything done. You’re not Superman or Superwoman. If you don’t begin setting limits on your time it’s going to lead to some serious issues in the future. It’s also more likely going to lead to a tremendous amount of unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Talk about home care as an option.
You may not want to discuss this because you worry this loved one may feel as though you just don’t care about him or her, but the sooner you begin talking about home care and the options available to you and this individual, the easier it’s going to be to find help when you need it most.
The most important thing to realize is this is a difficult job.
Most people don’t think about this as a job, but when you do, you will show up at the same time each day. You will treat it with the respect it deserves. If you can’t, if your schedule simply precludes you from being that support, you need to seriously consider home care as a viable option.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce caregiver stress in Allentown, NJ or the surrounding areas, please call Independence Home Care today at 609-208-1111 for more information.
With the owners of the company directly involved in the care for our clients, we provide a more compassionate hands-on-approach. We pride ourselves on hard work, honesty, and communication. Independence Home Care is truly unique in the services we provide when compared to other franchised and big business organizations.
Independence Home Care is one of New Jersey’s largest non-franchised, family owned home care agency.
We promote health and independence for all our clients while offering support and respite for their loved ones. We understand the need for independence and importance of meeting this basic need. Our caregiver’s can provide you with the quality of life you deserve.
We not only provide you with a carefully selected caregiver to match you or your loved one, we also continue to be involved and provide specific additional care without any extra costs, such as Registered Nurse Case Supervision, 24-hour On-Call, and Specialized Alzheimer and Dementia training and much, much more.
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