Caregiver Stress in Jenkintown PA
You care about your mom. You want what’s best for her and in recent months you’ve noticed a significant change in not only her physical capabilities, but her personal hygiene and overall health. She’s 86 years old and you’ve been worried about this for a long time, especially since your father passed away more than five years ago.
In recent months, you started taking it upon yourself to help her with certain things around the house, whether it was doing the laundry, cleaning, running to the store to get some groceries, or anything else similar.
You may not think of yourself as a caregiver, but that’s, in essence, what you’ve become. There are a number of ways you can care for your mom when she has difficulty tending to her own basic care, and not all of them will require you to give up time with friends, hobbies you enjoy, exercising, or even time at work if you’re still building your career.
Here are five ways you can actually care for your mother, and why option one is always better than most others.
1. Hire home care.
This is the best option. It’s easy to assume this is either not cost-effective, unsafe, or there are other risks involved, but when you look at the national stats, you quickly realize home care is safe and reliable, at least when you hire an agency to provide the caregivers.
Your mother may be wary about relying on a home care aide, a stranger basically, but that’s because most people have certain misconceptions about this form of support and assistance. When you learn more about it, you realize it’s the most affordable care option that helps seniors maintain a higher quality of life.
2. Help her when she needs it.
This might be what you’re doing at the moment. It seems reasonable. However, as time marches on, you will begin to realize she’s calling you more and more frequently for help. That’s going to impact your life in a negative way. It can lead to increased stress and anxiety, less patience, and more frustration. It can also lead to a deterioration in your relationship with her.
3. Offer encouragement to stay active.
Home care aides often encourage their elderly clients to stay as active as they want to be, but until you talk to her about home care and hire somebody, it should be you who encourages her to stay active.
But you want her to be safe. That’s usually a conundrum for many family members, but the best thing we can all do for our elderly loved ones is encourage them to continue being as active as they want to be.
4. Prepare some meals.
Again, this is something home care aides can do, but if you want, you can prepare meals for her ahead of time, such as for the entire week. This can make it easy for her to reheat a plate and enjoy a nice, healthy meal.
5. Offer companionship.
Just sit and spend time with her. Have a conversation. Play games, watch your favorite television program with her. Whatever it is, that companionship is going to go a long way to her benefit. And once again, this is something experienced home care aides can offer.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Jenkintown, PA, contact the caring professionls at Right at Home of East Montgomery and South Bucks County at 215-995-2674.
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