For many families considering hiring home care to help with an aging parent or loved one, time is a big reason they look for outside help. You may be struggling to balance the needs of your parent and the needs of your own family, which might include children and a career and a life where time is invaluable and finding extra time seems like an impossible feat.
If your parent is getting to the point where they are in need of your time on a daily basis, home health care may be the perfect option to step in and give you back the time that you need to take care of your other familial obligations, while ensuring that your loved one is being professional cared for.
For aging seniors, it is not uncommon for them to have health issues requiring certain routines, care, or medications. For some people, remembering to take medications can be difficult, and dangerous if not done correctly. Home care aides can help your senior parent with things such as managing diseases like diabetes, checking blood pressure, and taking medications in the proper dosage and at the proper times.
If the safety of your parent who may be in their home by themselves is a concern to you, know that you are not alone. Due to mobility issues or cognitive concerns, every day household appliances and areas like stoves, ovens, fireplaces, or bathrooms can become dangers to a senior alone at home and are very real worries for their children. The peace of mind that comes along with hiring home care professionals is invaluable.
Sometimes, your parent just needs companionship that a relative or child cannot offer. They may have experienced the loss of a spouse or might struggle with feelings of depression or isolation and need someone to talk to and offer a listening ear.
Hiring home health care isn’t always for the need of help with complex medical concerns; sometimes children of aging seniors just want to know that their parent is not alone, and will have someone in their home that they can converse with and build a relationship of trust with.
Stress relief and back-up.
We hear from children of seniors that often times caring for their aging parents can be overwhelming, as they juggle their life and self-care needs with the responsibilities that come with an elderly family member requiring daily help. Lack of sleep, time, self-care, and understanding of how to navigate the daily tasks of two households can be exhausting and eventually can take a toll on your health as well.
Hiring compassionate caregivers to come into your loved one’s home to relieve you of the stress and time and frustrations you may be experiencing can allow you to take care of yourself, which is important.
If your parent doesn’t need full-time care, consider hiring home care help for a certain number of hours per day or even per week to give you a break that you need to get some of your other obligations taken care of, or even just to relax by yourself.