Making the decision as to where an elderly loved one will live out the rest of their days is very personal. More aging adults and their families are choosing at-home care while they grow older. Why do people choose to stay at home as they age?
It is very important to take into consideration the desires of the aging individual first and foremost. Additionally, you need to be open and honest about your ability and willingness to participate in their care. Before deciding on care for a family member, be sure to research every option. Look for support to help the caregivers as well as the elderly individual.
Ask your aging family member what they want. It is very easy to try to do everything for them which will eventually become very straining on you. Remember that your loved one needs to retain their independence as much as possible.
Understand that whatever choice you make in regards to caring for your aging family member is going to come with challenges. It is very important to understand their condition. It is equally important to stay in touch with your limitations and to know who to call when you need help with the care giving.
Following are some helpful tips to keep in mind when caring for the aging at home:
- Balance your time between caring for your family member and caring for yourself. If you are tired or sick, you cannot properly care for them.
- Care giving is very draining emotionally. Know when you need a break and when to call for help.
- Set boundaries for yourself early on, and stand firm not to cross them. Occasionally, you are going to struggle with all of the pressures put on you through providing care. Allow yourself some time away when you need it without guilt.
- Never be afraid to ask for help.
Caring for the elderly is not an easy undertaking, though it will also feel very rewarding at times. Still, it is not for everyone, and there is no shame in seeking help. Knowing your limitations does not mean you do not care about them. In fact, it could be a good indication that you care a lot and want the best for them even if that means you hand over the credit to someone else.
Regency Home Care Atlanta is here to help. We help to ensure that your aging loved one is safe at home to allow them to live life to the fullest for as long as possible.
Contact us for more information on in-home private duty care in the Atlanta area. We are your reliable partner in care to help with making sure seniors are able to live safely and independently for as long as possible. We help by providing safe, reliable transportation to health-related appointments, running errands, preparing nutritious meals and many more household or personal attendant needs.