The challenges of caregiving for an aging or ill loved one are limitless. Often, family caregivers are taxed with not only demanding physical care — but also tending to emotional issues, and a shift in family paradigm. If you are a family in-home caregiver, you’re not alone. 29% of the U.S. population are acting as caregivers for family members, and 66% of those are women caring for their aging parents, cites the National Family Caregivers Association. The challenges of elder care are much more severe when an adult daughter must care for her elderly father, due to physical differences in size, privacy considerations and changes in established familial roles.
For a woman whose father is much taller and/or heavier than she, risk of injury to both the family caregiver and her loved one is ever-present. Crystal Ranker, Occupational Therapist, and her team at the Total Long-term Care Cody Center, recommends the following strategies and techniques to help you avoid injury while participating in daily tasks:
Daily tasks, such as using the commode, bathing and changing can be difficult, and bring privacy and dignity to the forefront. In these situations, it is important to be patient, reassure your father you are there for him, and respect boundaries as much as possible.
Helping your father maintain independence and confidence in his aging years is essential, as the loss of self-sufficiency and reversal of family roles may be hard for him (and you, the family care giver) to handle. These struggles can be challenging to overcome, but certain tools may help alleviate some of the stresses.
Providing caregiving services to a parent pose many challenges. Homewatch CareGivers have provided the above tips to help families overcome the various difficulties they may encounter. However, if you are in need of additional resources feel free to reach out to our caregiver agency today to find out what types of care we can provide.
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