Mar 25, 2017 by Anonymous
As your parents age, you will have to shift your role from son or daughter to daily caregiver and major decision-maker. You are used to them taking care of you, but at some point, they will become the person who needs care. You will become the caregiver and it will be a tough transition. When it comes to elderly care, there are a number of options to consider. Your aging loved one has needs that have to be met. How are you going to take care of them? There are several ways in which to go about getting everything covered.
If your parent only needs a few things here and there, you may want to be the sole caregiver. After all, your parent raised you and now you want to return a small portion of what they gave you over the years. If your parent needs rides to appointments and help with light housekeeping, the tasks may not be that hard for you to cover. However, if the needs rise and you find yourself overwhelmed with the extra tasks, you might want to enlist more help.
If you have siblings or other family members that are willing to pitch in, you might want to set up a schedule and share duties. You could switch off and on different days or you could take some tasks and they could do the others. With the right set of people on your side, you may be able to take care of the necessary items. Having family help will take the heavy load off your shoulders and give others a chance to spend time with your loved one.
If you have a busy schedule and don’t think you can devote enough time to care for your aging loved one, a professional caregiver will be able to help with certain tasks. Perhaps your parent needs help with personal care like bathing, for example, and it embarrasses them if you try to help with that. You can have a professional caregiver help with grooming and bathing services and you can take care of light housekeeping and other things yourself. When you work in conjunction with a caregiver, you can customize the plans to suit your needs and the elderly care needs of your loved one.
With a job, a family of your own, and a busy life, sometimes it is easier to have someone else take care of the elderly care items your loved one needs. Some families find that when the basic needs are met, they enjoy their time with their loved one more. They can simply enjoy their visits and not worry about cleaning, bathing, meal preparation, transportation, and other items. They have peace of mind that their loved one is in good hands and they are able to go about their lives while fitting in as much quality time with their loved one as possible.
When looking into elderly care, the decisions are personal. Depending on your loved one’s situation, you can get as little or as much help as you need. Take time to make the right decisions and you’ll be glad you did.Are you looking for a caregiver to provide care for your loved one? The team at Comfort Keepers Roswell, Artesia, and Carlsbad will help you understand the options and develop a customized senior care plan that accommodates the unique needs of your loved one.