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5 Quick Steps to Building the Best Support Team for Mom

Caregiver Stress in Katy TX

Your mother is getting ‘up there in age.’ You know she’s going to need some help around the house. It has basically become your responsibility, at least that’s what you feel your family expects of you. After all, you only live right down the street, so why can’t you help out?

You can, and you do.

Caregiver Stress in Katy TX

Caregiver Stress in Katy TX

However, you need help yourself. You have a full-time job and a number of other responsibilities to take care of every day. A great way to build a strong support team for your elderly mother is to consider home care services.

Here are five quick steps that can make all the difference in the world for building the right type of home care support for her.

Quick Step #1: Realize you can’t do this alone. 

You may be able to do a lot of things by yourself, but if you plan on taking care of your elderly mother alone, you could be in for a rude awakening. It might be okay for a few weeks or maybe a couple of months, at best, but over time the stress of being a family caregiver will take its toll.

Accepting this reality can save you a lot of frustration, anxiety, and stress later on.

Quick Step #2: Talk to her about home care. 

Your mother needs to agree to hire a home care aide or other support services. You can’t force this upon her. If she doesn’t agree to home care, that doesn’t mean you have to continue being her caregiver, regardless of the stress and anxiety and pressure you face every day.

The more you learn about home care support services, what’s available, and how they can best help support your mother, the easier it’s going to be for you to convince her this is something she should consider at this point in her life.

Quick Step #3: Call agencies. 

A home care agency is a far better option than considering an independent caregiver. Hiring an independent caregiver will place every bit of the responsibility on your shoulders to interview, check their references, work history, and maybe even their background. Many home care agencies already do this for each of caregiver they hire.

Quick Step #4: Interview these potential caregivers with your mother. 

You may assume it’s more convenient to interview people on your own, but it’s always best to include the senior who needs support. Make sure your mother gives her input, opinions, and advice, and give her a fair opportunity to ask questions during these interviews.

Quick Step #5: Follow-up. 

When you’re no longer her primary, full-time caregiver, it can be a great relief. You do want to follow up and make sure everything is going smoothly, that she’s comfortable, and that there’s nothing you’ve overlooked already.

By following these five quick steps, you will help build a great support team for your aging mother.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Katy, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.

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Sid Gerber

Sid Gerber is a founding partner of S. Gerber & Associates, a firm representing over 22 years of experience specializing in a broad range of long term care products and services including but not limited to care assessment, planning and management, care co-ordination, in-home caregiving services, quality assurance monitoring, and the securing of financial independence and asset protection utilizing insurance products from major carriers to pay for long-term care. Mr. Gerber helps family members make difficult long-term care decisions and provides them with the necessary education and resources to plan and manage their long-term health care and financial needs.

In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).

During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.

He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.

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