Of course it can be richly rewarding to care for an aging parent, and sometimes we feel we should "give back," considering our parents raised us. If you're considering becoming the primary caregiver for a parent living in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you jump in with both feet. Taking care of an elderly love one brings many responsibilities and demands, so make sure you're ready.
The majority of seniors prefer to live in their own homes instead of going to a nursing home or assisted living facility, but caring for themselves becomes increasingly difficult over the years. Before you decide to care for your aging parent yourself, rather than working with a Bay Area home caregiving agency, consider the following.
Do you have a career, or are you married with children and involved in the community?
Are you truly able to care for your mom or dad on your own, considering you'll have to take care of cooking, buying groceries, tending to medical appointments, giving medications, bathing, clothing, even providing entertainment?
Caregiving comes with extra costs; are you financially capable and able to care for your parent without sacrificing your own retirement?
How will caring for your aging loved one affect your mental and physical health?
Do you have the resources and social support you'll need to take care of mom or dad?
The fact is, when you care for an aging parent you have to take time out for yourself as well. It's vital to have a support network of family and friends and other resources to help you out. If you have a family of your own, it's important for you, and also your spouse and children, to take time out for your own family. As you can imagine, caregiving can be extremely stressful and demanding. This is especially true for those who have jobs and a family, and must try to work around their own and everyone else's schedules.
Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that, depending on your own lifestyle, there is a limit to what you can do on your own. While you want to take care of the parent who raised you, you must also take care of yourself. Seek out help from family members or consider hiring a trained and trusted in-home caregiver to fill in the gaps, so you can rest, rejuvenate, and tend to your own life and family.
At Care Indeed we provide a wide array of in-home caregiving services to families in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and throughout the Bay Area. Contact us today for the help you need to make caring for a loved one easier.
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