Last updated 1 day 12 hours ago
More than 20% of grown children act as caregivers for their aging parents. While family caregiving is a rewarding experience, caregivers’ physical and mental health may suffer due to the increased demands of caring for a senior loved one. Respite care is a form of temporary caregiving that allows family caregivers to take a break while knowing their loved one is in good hands.
Time to Focus on Your Health
Putting all your energy into caring for your senior parents, often causes you to neglect your own personal health needs. Many family caregivers report that they do not have time to exercise, rarely eat a healthy diet, and often cancel or postpone important medical appointments for themselves. However, it’s important to remember that if you do not care for your own health, you will be unable to care for your loved one. Respite care allows you to take the time you need to focus on your own health to prevent the negative health effects of stress and overwork.
A Mental Break
Caring for a senior loved one presents mental challenges as well as physical ones. If your parent is suffering from a mental or physical illness, you may feel frustrated, guilty, or depressed. Choosing respite care allows you to take a “mental breather” from the challenges of caregiving. You can take the time to focus your energy inward to renew your mind and spirit. Respite care can benefit both caregivers and their parents by allowing parent and child healthy time away from each other. This opportunity helps family caregivers refresh their mental outlook on life while providing parents with reassurance that they are not keeping their children from other interests.
Could you and your loved ones benefit from respite care offered by Jenkintown Comfort Keepers? Contact us today by calling (267) 415-4047 to discover how we can help you and your loved one with respite care and in-home companionship services. Visit us on the web for more information about caring for your senior loved one.
Last updated 8 days ago
Today, a variety of caregiving options allow seniors to retain independence by living safely in their own home. If you believe your parents could benefit from the assistance provided by a caregiver, you may not know how to broach the subject. Keeping a few simple tips in mind can make this discussion easier and help your parents maintain an open mind when considering in-home care.
Find an Entry Point
It is often difficult to bring up the subject of caregiving with aging parents. To make this conversation easier, find an entry point through which you can introduce the idea of in-home care. If your parent mentions having difficulty seeing or moving, ask how these changes have affected his life. Use this conversation to bring up the idea of caregiving to ease the burden of daily tasks that have become more difficult. Other ways to approach the subject of caregiving include discussing whether your parents would like to stay in their home and how they plan to handle future medical issues.
Listen To Your Parents
You cannot anticipate how your parent will react to the idea of caregiving, nor should you try. It’s important to go into any conversation about your parents’ care with an open mind, especially if you’d like them to do the same. Listen to your parents’ concerns rather than assuming you are right. Remain calm and logical, and remember that it may take many conversations before your parents are ready to consider in-home care. While you should be persistent, don’t hound your parents unnecessarily—as long as you have the luxury, allow them to come to terms with the idea in their own time.
Jenkintown Comfort Keepers is here to provide you and your family with the caregiving options you need in Langhorne and Jenkintown. You can learn more about our caregivers and our mission by calling (267) 415-4047. Take a look through the articles on our blog for more tips on choosing the right caregiving options for your loved one.
Last updated 13 days ago
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