Many adults will be forced to make the difficult decision of deciding the kind of care that their parent(s) should receive as they grow older. This is a difficult decision to make because many don't want to stick their loved ones in an elderly home and only see them every so often.
However, it's important to carefully consider that at a certain point, your parent will need more care than you're able to provide on your own, especially when you're working full-time.
Although your elderly parent may be able to take care of themselves to a certain extent, there may come a time when they'll need assistance carrying out certain activities. Some of the things that an elderly parent may need include:
Someone to drive them around
Someone to remind them to take their medication or keep doctors' appointments
Someone to help with meal prep
General company during the day
If their old age comes with issues such as mobility problems, your parent may even need someone to move them around the house. When you work for long hours, this will mean that your parent may have to stay for long periods with no one to help them out.
The Physical and Emotional Burden of Caring for a Parent
It's not just the parent's rising demand that makes it difficult to care for them. The reversal of roles can be quite physically and emotionally challenging for you as the caregiver. Having to help a parent perform the most basic activities can be an emotional experience. You can expect to have to take a few days off from work because some emergency came up.
Additionally, the parent may also be frustrated by their situation and become difficult to work with. All this will put a lot of stress on you.
Considering Your Options
Although a parent may be able to handle the long hours on their own while they live with a child that's working full time, at some point, this may also not be possible. Many parents would rather be in an environment that they share with their loved ones and not in a home. Many children would also rather have their parent close to them.
An alternative solution is to consider in home senior care for your parent. This solution has many advantages. However, the most important one is that your parent will be able to receive the care they need from a professional in an environment that they're comfortable in.
I have a passion for seniors. When I was growing up, my granny was my best friend. She helped me with my homework every day after school and was always ready to lend an ear when I needed someone to talk to. As I grew older and my grandmother did as well, she developed dementia. My parents, siblings, and I all took turns visiting her home to give her the extra care she needed. I learned a lot during this experience and know there are others out there with elderly relatives they are already caring for or suspect may need some extra care. I decided to create a blog to share my senior care tips with anyone and everyone who needs the advice. Come back often for new posts!