J. Kieser for In Home Care Advisors
The relationships we experience in life are meaningful, some more meaningful than others. Most of us would rank our relationships with our family ahead of relationships we have with most friends or work colleagues, but there is another type of relationship many families have come to grips with when a loved one is no longer able to care for themselves. There are few relationships that are as delicate as that of the patient and the caregiver.
Generally there will be two types of caregivers, either a family member or a paid caregiver.
If a family decides that some outside help is needed, entrusting someone to care for an aging parent in our absence is like trusting a daycare or babysitter to look after our children. If you are uneasy about the level of care provided, peace of mind is impossible. If you find a outside caregiver that has a good rapport with the patient and shares the importance of the loved one’s well being, many times this caregiver will end up being like an extended member of the family.
In Home Care Advisors, will find the perfect personal care companion for your needs.
In any relationship trust takes time. This is no different in the patient and caregiver relationship, no matter whether the caregiver is a family member or someone who is paid to look after an aging parent.
Remember the Caregiver
A family member who decides to take on the monumental task of caring for a loved one should be supported and appreciated. This family member is giving up a part of their life to care for a parent, not for rewards and adulation, but out of love and compassion.
We all need time for ourselves, and if you are the primary caregiver to an aging parent, time for yourself can seem fleeting. That is why it is important to ask for help. It is crucial that other family members supplement the care for an ageing parent to provide the primary caregiver a break to manage their own responsibilities, so their life is not completely on hold. If a caregiver does not take time for themselves they soon can become overwhelmed by stress and isolation. It is important for a caregiver to express their feelings to other family members so the proper amount of support can be discussed and ultimately achieved.
Some commonly reported health-related issues many full-time caregivers report are a lack of sleep, poor eating habits and little to no exercise. The last thing we want is for the caregiver to turn into a patient, so sometimes outside assistance is needed to maintain the physical and emotional health of the primary caregiver.
In addition to receiving care-giving help from family members, sometimes additional assistance is needed from an outside paid caregiver. There are many quality professionals who can assist with the care-giving process so the primary family caregiver can find some balance between their own lives and their responsibilities as a caregiver.
Remember, taking care of an aging parent or loved one should be a shared responsibility of the entire family. Although one person may step-up and assume the majority of the care-giving duties, other family members need to provide some relief at times and outside assistance should be sought when needed. This will not only benefit the caregiver, but also the patient.
In Home Care Advisors is a local Minnesota company made up of caring senior healthcare professionals who believe everyone should be ale to live safely in their own homes as long as possible. We put that belief into action by carefully listening and assessing the needs, wants, and desires of our clients; You can get assistance via our website or call 651-252-1669….we can help.