Making decisions is something we have to do constantly, every single day. Sometimes we simply want other people to make decisions for us, but when we have various responsibilities, that is not practical. When you are a caregiver for your elderly mother, you may have decided this was the best thing to do. After all, you live close enough to her and have the time to devote to helping her.
Now, though, you may be having second thoughts.
This is going to happen. It happens for millions of family caregivers all across the country every single year. You begin to realize your own limitations. You start to notice how many things you’ve given up.
You stopped going to the gym. You stop returning phone calls from your friends. You haven’t eaten right in a long time. You grab fast food more frequently. You have difficulty sleeping because you’re worried about your mother, things you weren’t able to do during the day, and more.
The second thoughts are important. It’s the stress that is causing you to have the second thoughts. Your body and mind understand your limitations even though your conscious self hasn’t accepted them. When you have these second thoughts, it’s time to begin looking at other options, including hiring a home care aide to help.
What can home care support offer your mother?
The more experience a home care aide has, the more likely he or she is going to be able to offer your mother the level of support and care she needs. Yes, you’re doing a great job, but you may be more focused on her safety and actually discourage her from pursuing certain activities that could be beneficial for her.
For example, she would like to go to the park and go for walks. She has difficulty getting out of bed, though. Why would you even consider taking her somewhere where she could slip and fall and be injured? An experienced home care aide understands the value of exercise and will likely provide the physical support she needs to stay safe while offering encouragement she may have been lacking as of late.
Even though you may have been adamant about taking care of your elderly mother, telling all of your family and friends this was your responsibility, it’s really not too late. You simply need to sit down and talk to her about the prospect of hiring an experienced caregiver to help. When she understands the challenges you’re facing, she’s more likely to be willing to give it a try.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE TO REDUCE CAREGIVER STRESS IN WIND GAP, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.
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