Homecare Chicago IL
Being a family caregiver for your aging parent is one of the best ways that you can show your love, respect, and consideration for your senior, and feel as though you are giving them the quality of life that they deserve. No matter how devoted you are to your loved one and the homecare efforts that you want to give to them, however, you may have limitations that keep you from being able to comfortably and adequately fulfill their needs. Being honest with yourself about these care limitations can help you to identify areas in your care journey where you may need additional support and assistance so that you can ensure that your parent gets the care that they need. Accepting these limitations can also help to relieve your stress and prevent damaging, upsetting, and even dangerous situations throughout your homecare experience.
Some care limitations that you might have include:
• Time. Especially if you are a member of the sandwich generation caring for your children as well as your parent, your schedule is likely extremely busy. You might not have the time to handle all of their care tasks in the way that they need. This can mean not being able to get to their home as often as you would like, or not being able to provide them with the transportation that they need to get where they need and want to go.
• Physical capability. Many elderly adults have challenges that require direct physical assistance, such as helping them walk around, get in and out of the tub, or transfer in and out of bed or the car. You may also need to be able to handle other physical challenges such as taking care of the house. If you do not have the strength, stamina, flexibility, or physical health to handle these tasks, you could place yourself or your aging parent in a dangerous situation. You must be honest with yourself about what you can physically handle to keep both of you safe.
• Emotional tolerance. Facing some of the challenges and limitations that your parent has can be extremely stressful and upsetting to you. Especially if your parent has always been very modest and reserved but now needs assistance with potentially sensitive tasks such as bathing or dressing, you may face great emotional strain. Accepting that this is a limitation for you enables you to put the alternative care option in place that will make sure these care tasks are handled effectively, safely, and respectfully, while limiting the stress and emotional difficulty both of you face.
If you have come to terms with the reality that you have limitations to your care efforts that will keep you from being able to meet your parent's needs and challenges in the way that is right for them, now is the ideal time for you to consider home care. An in-home health care services provider can step in to fill these care gaps to ensure that your parent gets the care, support, and assistance that they need to live their highest quality of life possible. This care provider can create a personalized approach to care that takes into consideration the scheduling that is right for your parent and for you, as well as your care limitations and how they impact the care that your loved one needs. This means that your parent can live a happy, healthy, active, safe, and comfortable lifestyle with maximum independence and autonomy as they can as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services Chicago IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.