If you find yourself managing all of the in-home care for an aging parent while your siblings distance themselves from helping, you’re far from alone. In fact, half of all family caregivers are taking care of an aging loved one solo, according to a recent report from AARP.
Why is this scenario so common – and what can you do to protect your own health, which can easily be affected by providing senior care on your own? Our Hollywood, FL area in-home care experts have the answers.
1. Family members don’t realize there’s a need for help. It could very well be that from the outside looking in, you have everything covered and running smoothly, and aren’t in need of their support.
What to do: Have an honest, open conversation, explaining the stress you’re under. Invite your siblings or other family members to visit during a time of higher intensity care needs, such as when you’re preparing dinner and then helping the senior get ready for bed, and enlist their help so they can see firsthand how much work is involved.
2. They don’t know what to do to help. While it may seem intuitive to simply jump in and meet a senior’s needs to you, that’s not the case for everyone.
What to do: Make a list of specific tasks that you could use help with, along with the days and times that assistance is needed, and ask for volunteers.
3. They’re afraid or uncomfortable. For someone who’s never cared for an older adult, it can be truly daunting.
What to do: Invite them to “shadow” you for a day to help gain confidence in the particular tasks that they’re uncomfortable with. A little hands-on training can make all the difference.
At Responsive Home Care, our caregivers are always at the ready to work with you to meet the care needs of your loved one, with professionalism, dedication, and compassion, so you’re never alone. Call us at (954) 486-6440 and let us help! We provide senior care in Fort Lauderdale, FL and throughout the Broward County area. See our service area page for more details.