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Don’t Face the Role of Caregiver to Your Elderly Parent Alone

Taking care of an elderly parent is a big responsibility that has the power to completely change the way you live. It is more than just assisting with everyday duties - it is an emotional and overbearing journey, where the well-being of the patient is often prioritized over the well-being of the caregiver. This guide will remind you that it is perfectly acceptable to ask for help when needed, and that you are not alone in this challenge.

the Role of Caregiver to Your Elderly Parent

Understanding the Challenges of a Primary Caregiver

Being a primary caregiver for an elderly parent often causes changes both in the personal and professional spheres of life — it can completely reshape your daily routine, career, and social life. That is why it is important to balance your time, communicate with family members to adapt to the struggles of the new routines, and take care of your own well-being. Managing stress and taking care of your own well-being is essential to be a good caregiver.

Asking For Help

Building A Support Network

Asking for help with such a personal matter can be difficult, so make sure that you slowly begin with the circle of people you are comfortable with and trust. Creating a network of friends, family, and community resources is vital. This network provides practical help and emotional support, making your role more manageable. They can assist with simple tasks, such as:

Professional Home Care Services

If you are an only child or the only one living near your parents, you might realize that you require more help. An option that might be worth looking into is home care services. Different types of home care services are available that offer services ranging from basic assistance to skilled nursing. It is important to carefully consider the person hired.

Dealing with the Guilt of Asking For Help

Dealing with caregiver stress and burnout is common, which is why it is important to acknowledge when additional help is needed. The caregiver might develop some negative feelings of disappointment and guilt. Seeking counseling or therapy can help to manage these feelings.

Transitioning To A New Caregiver

Creating a Flexible Care Plan

Create a flexible plan with a new caregiver and your parent. Create a list of the tasks that the job involves and delegate them between you and the new caregiver. Ask the parent about their wishes, since they might be more comfortable if some specific tasks are done.

Legal and Financial Planning

Make sure to understand the legal and financial aspects like power of attorney and long-term care funding. If you plan early, there might be fewer future complications and burdens.

Caring for your elderly parent is tough and it has the power to change the lives of both. It is important to ask for help when you need it and to take care of yourself too — your own well-being is as important as the patient's. Make sure to check out the local services and online resources for additional information and support. They can sometimes provide valuable guidance and help for your caregiving role.

Credits:
Taking Care of Elderly Parents at Home
“Parenting” Your Elderly Parents
Caregiver Statistics: Health, Technology, and Caregiving Resources


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