Caring for another person, especially a senior can be very stressful. Your parents have been there for you all of your life. Now that they need your help, you may feel obligated to give them the same care they gave you. But, you are an adult now and have a busy life of your own. With your own family, work and a house to care for, there isn’t much time left for you to care for anyone else. Not to mention, after a full day of dealing with your own problems, you are wiped out. You don’t have the energy left to cook, clean and run errands for someone else.
This leads to guilt, which puts even more stress on you. This guilt and stress will turn into resentment if you don’t get help. Even with four or five siblings, there just isn’t enough time in one day to give your parents the care and supervision they need.
You may think that people have been caring for the elderly for centuries, so you can do it too. The difference is that in past generations, families didn’t have to have two incomes. The families that could care for their aging parents typically have one partner at home full time.
This shouldn’t make you feel guilty or any less of a caring child. By arranging home care, you are doing the best thing you can for your parent. You are still able to visit your parents and spend as much time with them as possible, but with a lot less stress and without feeling like you have to. With a professional caregiver taking care of the daily chores, appointments and other needs, you are free to enjoy the company of parents, without any pressure.
It is a proven fact that the stress of caring for an aging parent leads to hard feelings. You will end up frustrated, resentful and short tempered. Through no fault of their own, your parents have now become a burden to you. Your visits will become shorter and farther in-between. This means more and more time your parents are left alone and uncared for.
Senior caregivers pick up the slack and help keep you sane. You can rest assured knowing that someone is checking in on your parents regularly. You know they will be fed, the dishes will be washed, the garbage will be taken out, their laundry will be done, the dog will be cared for, and so much more.
You can relax knowing that your parents are safe and comfortable. And if you are ever in doubt about their well-being, just pick up the phone or drop by to see for yourself.
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