We don’t want to see people we care about beginning to struggle. Yet, if your parent is getting older, when he or she begins struggling to get up and down stairs, when tending to their own home maintenance becomes an issue, or when they call on you for help more frequently because you live just down the street, it’s not easy. The reality is that as people do get older the basic tasks that used to be simple are much more complicated.
You wish things were different.
Most adult children or even grandchildren witnessing aging family member’s struggling with their health, mobility, or other challenges wish they could wave a magic wand and everything would be just fine. That’s not going to be the case, though. That’s one of the main reasons why so many people take on the role of a family caregiver.
They assume it’s the responsibility or that no one else will step up if they don’t. What many of these family caregivers fail to realize is just how intense stress and anxiety can become when looking after an aging parent in need.
Given enough time, you may feel completely alone.
You may wish you had help. Maybe your spouse, best friend, or brother or sister would be a great asset, but no matter how many times you ask for assistance, you never seem to get any. The longer this goes on for, the more frustrating it will be. The longer this goes on for, the more hopeless you may feel. The longer this goes on for, the more stress will begin to impact your life.
You don’t have to continue doing this alone.
Home care agencies operate all across the country and provide the best resources for seniors and disabled adults and their families. Experienced and qualified home care aides can assist with a wide range of basic tasks. Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs, can include bathing, toileting, getting dressed, preparing meals, light housekeeping, and much more.
Yes, you still want to support your mother or father, but when you have the assistance of home care providers, you don’t have to do it alone. That can make a world of difference emotionally and mentally. You can get time to focus on other things that are still important to you while knowing full well this aging parent is in good hands with an experienced, qualified, and dedicated home care aide.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Broomall, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.
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