Between carpools and soccer games, business trips and board meetings, we lead busy lives. We take care of our children, our pets, our friends, our co-workers. What happens when our parents need us to take care of them, too? It’s hard to balance everything and take care of aging parents. Professional home caregivers can help. Here’s how:
By working smart
By asking for help, you are not being lazy or insensitive to the needs of your aging parents; you are being smart about caring for them. We hire people to help us because they are better trained, more experienced, and better equipped than we are. Professional caregivers are just that. They have been trained to do tasks such as:
– Aid with feeding, bathing, and dressing
– Help with issues surrounding incontinence
– Assist with getting up and out of bed, in and out of chairs
– Provide transportation to medical appointments and other errands
– Create written assessments of nutrition and general well-being
– Serve as invaluable companions
– By reducing stress and conflict
As our lives get busier, they become more stressful. Nothing can add stress and create conflict more than having to face an aging parent’s illness or crisis. Professional home caregivers can reduce the stress and the work load. They can attend to the daily needs of your aging parent, allowing you the flexibility to visit when your schedule permits. They can also provide you with updates on the general well-being of your parents so that, even if you live thousands of miles away, you can feel as if you are right there with them.
By helping you maintain the parent/child relationship
It is difficult to watch your parents age and become more and more dependent on others. We want our parents to remain just that, our parents. They want the same thing. Home care professionals allow parents to maintain their dignity by not requiring assistance from family members with personal tasks like bathing and incontinence issues. You can continue to be the supportive and loving child, knowing that the physical needs of your aging parent are being met.You may find more information at phoenix home care & hospice.
In the end, hiring a home care professional to help you take care of your aging parents will foster a better relationship among your parents and the rest of your family as well. Your aging parents can feel independent while still receive the home care and support they need. Regardless of how often you visit, you know that a professional caregiver is watching over them.
If you or someone that you love would benefit from some assistance in the home, consider using a professional caregiver from a licensed home care agency to improve the life of your loved one and yourself. At Bette Care we enjoy working with our clients and their families as they actively address the issues associated with advancing age.