It can be stressful taking the first steps towards getting the help you need for your loved one wishing to remain at home. You have likely contemplated long and hard about getting help for your loved one. You might be feeling overwhelmed and extremely stressed regarding bringing in home care. Maybe you’re not sure what to do or who to talk to. However, what you do know is that you want your loved one to live their best possible life in their own home. Our team believes that quality of life is of the utmost importance. So what are some of the questions you need to ask yourself?
This is something most people ask themselves once they have taken on the role of caregiver for a loved one. The even harder questions are: “When is it enough?”, “Do I know what my limitations are?”, “Am I able to practice self-care?”, “Am I burning out?” The answers to these questions are sometimes difficult to assess on your own. This is why speaking to a professional in the field is important. You can start with your own family doctor, as they know you fairly well and are usually a great resource of information. Remember, there often comes a point where not only are you doing enough but, arguably, you’re doing too much – and often to your own detriment. Whether it’s a spouse taking care of their significant other, an adult member of the family caring for a younger member, or an adult child caring for their parent, there always comes a point where you are doing too much and you do need the help.
As we get older, many of us have a variety of medical conditions that persist and require monitoring. The question we all ask when caring for our parents is: “Am I always available to get them to their appointments?” If your parent lives in a retirement home, they will have access to some medical attention, however at home they may require help when taking medications or getting to medical appointments. The help that we can get in a retirement home can be as minimal as regular monitoring of blood pressure and blood sugar to more severe care, such as dementia care. Nevertheless, you want to be sure that the actions you take to ensure that a senior can remain in the comfort of their own home are the right ones that have little to no risk factors associated in them.
The final question we all have to ask is, do I have enough time to dedicate to the care of my loved one? Time is very important and there are only 24 hours in any given day. When living with a loved one who requires attention you have to evaluate how much time you can give them. Time is a very important success factor for positive independent senior living. This can be as simple as spending time with them to keep them socially engaged. Such as doing puzzles, discussing current events, going for a walk together, or small outings like shopping or going to various appointments. If you are finding yourself not having enough time, you must consider getting help. Companionship and Personal Care Services are services we offer to help fill the void and dedication of time to support seniors living at home.
Overall, the task at hand is not easy and comes with its fair share of challenges. Just remember to ask yourself some simple questions and really assess the current situation. Do not be shy to make the call for professional assistance – our team is ready and waiting to guide you.