Caregiving For An Aging Family Member At Home

They argue that old age is a luxury for which we should be thankful. It is not something that everyone can do. However, it is a privilege with a lot of drawbacks. Old age entails decreased mobility, occasionally poorer cognitive ability, and typically a greater need for some kind of care.

Family members can occasionally assist in this area, and here are some suggestions if you believe your elderly relative might benefit from your support.

Know The Whole Situation 

When it comes to the health of people you care about, it can be hard to see the whole picture. It’s possible that family members just don’t want to think about it, especially if their loved one’s problems are caused by a serious illness. Even if it’s “just” old age, it’s still a bit scary to think about, and not everyone is happy to deal with it.

But if you are going to really take care of and help an elderly relative, you need to know exactly what is going on so you can be ready for what’s to come and know how to handle problems as they come up. It will also help you figure out if you can provide the care that your loved one needs.

How Much Care?

Part of knowing everything about your relative’s health is knowing how much care they need. Do they move around a lot, and you just need to call them once a day to check on them? Or do they need someone to help them get to the store? These problems are easy to solve and don’t require much change in anyone’s routine, so everyone can keep doing what they were doing before.

But it could be more than this. Changes might need to be made to their house so they don’t have to use the stairs. It could be that the assistance of a CD program would be ideal. They might even need care 24 hours a day. Everyone is different, and each situation must be dealt with on its own. Because of this, it is important to be honest and truthful about what is going on, even if you don’t like the answers you get.

Get Help 

No matter how much you might want to, you can’t take care of an elderly family member all by yourself. Whether you work full-time or part-time, you may need someone to help around the house while you are away. Even if you don’t work, you’ll still need breaks. You’ll need to recharge and get some fresh air, so go to the store, take a walk, or even take a vacation if you want to. You can’t let your caring duties keep you from living your own life.

When you want or need to do these things, you will need help to make sure that your loved one will still be taken care of. You should choose the person you feel the most comfortable with, and if your loved one is able to, they should also have a say. You could ask a neighbor or family member who lives nearby to stop by while you are at work. In more serious cases, you might need to hire a care worker or nurse to help. You should be able to make a good choice if you look at the situation and your own needs.

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Jodi Carlson is a mother of 2 children, wife, and a full time product owner at a large Insurance company. She is a mom just trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. She shares countless tips and tricks of things she has experienced first hand with her kids. As she continues to guide and teach them to become caring, sensible and responsible human beings, all while working a full time job, maintaining a home and some how still allowing for some personal time and growth. Are you a Girl Scout Leader? Along with Mom Connecting Moms, she shares her 25+ years of Girl Scout experience over at Leader Connecting Leaders , there she shares ideas and resources to help leaders who are inspiring girl leaders of tomorrow plan their troop meetings. Check out Leader Connecting Leaders .