With age comes changes in one’s abilities. Those changes can make it difficult to complete daily activities of living. Age also brings an increased chance of developing a chronic condition like cancer, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s. If your parent is dealing with a change that makes it hard to complete daily routines alone, caregivers become necessary.
Family caregiving needs to be a family affair. You might think you can do it all, but it’s so incredibly challenging. Doing it alone means no breaks day after day, week after week, and month after month. That can lead to caregiver burnout, frustrations, and resentment. Plus, if you are sick, what happens? You don’t want to have the flu and still have to provide care to your parent.
Getting the Entire Family Involved.
Start by making a list of things your parent needs help doing. Does your mom have Alzheimer’s? She probably can’t cook meals by herself. She’s going to need help with meal preparation and menu planning. If your dad broke his leg and requires crutches, he may need help getting in and out of the shower.
Once you have the list of things your parent can no longer do alone, everyone should list their strengths. If your brother cannot cook, you may need to take senior care tasks that involve cooking and menu planning. Your brother is happy to sweep and vacuum, so he could handle chores involving housekeeping.
Next, take a look at the weekly schedule. You work weekends, but your sister doesn’t. She should spend the day with your parents on the weekend, and you can cover two days during the work week. Make sure you’re all leaving time to take care of items at your own homes.
Bring in Caregivers to Fill in Gaps.
When you’ve found days when no one is available, that’s a good time to hire caregivers. Caregivers are trained to help with all activities of daily living. They’ll work with you and your parent to find the services that are needed. Your parent has the flexibility to change services as needed.
Learn more about the things caregivers can do to help your parent with daily routines. Whether your dad needs someone to drive him around or your mom needs a companion, caregivers come when needed. It’s a great service when your parent wants to remain independent without risking personal comfort or safety. A quick call is all it takes to get started.