Thanks to good hygiene and modern technology, the elderly are enjoying more golden years than ever before. This is a positive thing. We have more years with our parents, more time with our siblings, and more time on this wonderful planet for ourselves.
It isn't uncommon now to have a parent in their 90s, with you in your 60s, but this can cause a problem as both of you age—what happens when you both need care? As more people enjoy longer lifespans, it's very possible for instances like this to occur. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take so both you and your loved one can get the care needed.
If you have a medical condition that makes it difficult to take care of your loved one, or you are both at risk because of age-related issues, there are changes you can make that will help.
Talk to your care provider
When talking with your care provider, mention that you are also a care taker. Caregiving has certain health risks associated with it, including depression. Your care provider may be able to give you advice on how to cope with the current situation, or be able to get you the help you need.
They may also be able to refer you to caregiving services, so you can get support during this time.
Consider hiring a home caregiver
Sometimes, a little bit of help is all you need. If you still want to take care of your ailing spouse, but find it hard to get them up and down, a home caregiver can help. With someone who can support your role and make it easier, you'll be able to rest and take care of yourself more.
Home caregivers can also help with housekeeping, groceries, and simply giving you a break from the demands of caregiving. A strong pair of hands to help you could be all you need to continue taking care of your loved one, and they can give you a rest at the same time.
Caregivers are essential
The current pandemic has brought a lot of changes to how we work as a family as well. If you test positive for coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone who has, you may need to isolate in order to protect your family members. Caregivers are essential, so you can rest assured your family will still be getting help even if you can't be there for them at that time.
Talk to family
If you need help with caregiving, reaching out to your family is also an important option to consider. Many times the role of caregiver becomes yours on a gradual basis. You agree to help take them to medical appointments, which turns into helping with a little housekeeping, and soon you are the full time caregiver.
Talking to your family about sharing some responsibility can go a long way to easing your burden, even if each family member only does a tiny bit. Many times your family simply isn't aware of how difficult of a task caregiving can be, or aren't aware you want help. Good communication can help.
Caregiving is a big responsibility, and if you yourself are getting older or have medical conditions that make it difficult for you to cope, there are options. A helping hand can help boost the quality of life for both you and your loved one, while still giving you the freedom to care for your family.
For help and additional advice, reach out to Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte today. We have options to help, including full, part-time, or respite care.