Caring for an aging parent can cause many people to feel stressed and overworked. You must find the right balance to maintain your own good mental and emotional health. Establish boundaries, share the responsibility with family, and seek support from others to help you as you strive to care for your aging parent.
Join a Support Group
A lot of people out there are going through many of the same things you're going through. You might be surprised to find out that many others share the same feelings and grapple with many of the same problems that you grapple with while caring for an elderly parent.
Joining a support group can help you feel less isolated. Support groups also enable members to share tips and tricks on how to find balance and peace in your new life caring for your elderly parent..
Share the Responsibility With Family
If you have a family network of brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins and children of your own, you shouldn't have to bear the burden of caring for your parent all on your own. Make a schedule and establish roles so that everyone can share the responsibility of caring for your parent.
Make Time For Yourself
You're allowed to have a life outside your parent's home. Make time for yourself to do fun things. This might include spending time with friends, going a restaurant with a loved one, or just sitting at home on a quiet weekend, reading a book. Schedule this time for yourself and make it clear that you're not available to help your parent during that time (unless it's an emergency).
Not everything needs to be handled by you personally. It's okay to tell your parent that you just can't and won't do certain things. This might include home maintenance, cleaning, or spending the night. You can work together with your parent to find solutions to problems as they come up.
If you've drawn the line at maintaining your parent's garden, for example, work with your parent to find a professional landscaper who can do the weeding, watering, and planting for your parent. Working together to find a professional ensures that your parent won't feel left alone to deal with problems.
Communicate With Your Parent
Aging parents go through a lot when they get older. Emotionally, aging parents may have a hard time seeing past their own problems and understand the problems of others. The only way that you can ensure that your parent will be sensitive to your needs is by communicating with your parent what your needs are.
Talk gently but clearly when you tell your parent what you're going through. If you feel stress or unhappiness about the situation with your parent, communicate your feelings. This can help your parent be more sensitive to your needs and may also make you feel better at the same time.
Hire an In-Home Caregiver
In-home caregivers make it possible for seniors to stay in their home and live semi-independently, without placing a burden on other family members. Hiring an in-home caregiver will enable you to take back your life and have time for yourself, without feeling stress or guilt.
In-home caregivers can even handle light chores and cleaning and other household tasks. With an in-home caregiver caring for your parent, you won't need to worry about running to your parent's house as often. You'll also find peace of mind, knowing that your parent is in good hands.
For more information about getting an in-home caregiver for your parent, contact a reputable in-home health care company in your area.
If you're seeking more information about how to maintain balance when caring for an aging parent, contact Angelic Health Care, Inc. We're always happy to help people who are struggling to care for their aging parents, relatives, and loved ones.