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Is Making Decisions Important for Your Parent?

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Most people do not think about most of the decisions that they make on a daily basis. It is something that comes naturally, and just a normal part of daily life that happens many times each day. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is dealing with memory issues or cognitive functioning impairment, you might have found that they have a more difficult time making decisions, or that they have fewer opportunities to make these decisions. But does this really matter? Is making decisions important for your parent, even if they are dealing with cognitive impairments?

The answer is generally yes. Decision-making is an important part of expressing yourself, showing independence, and maintaining autonomy in life. When you are able to make decisions, you support ongoing motivation to engage in the world around you and to take care of yourself. These are extremely important concepts, even for elderly adults. This can be especially important for those who feel as though they are struggling to show independence or that they are losing control over their lives.

As a family caregiver it is very important that you are there for your parent to help them address their needs and maintain their quality of life from as many angles as possible. This means finding ways on a daily basis to encourage making decisions, expressing themselves, and continuing to live a life that is specifically and uniquely theirs. Starting care for them can be a tremendous step toward accomplishing this goal. Through this ongoing care your parent is encouraged to live a life that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible, including making decisions throughout each day as much as possible.

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be stressful, but fortunately home care can be there for you. A home care provider can be with your parent on a schedule that is right for them as well as for you to ensure that your senior gets everything that they need to maintain their health, safety, and quality of life both when you are with them and when you are not. This care can be a tremendous source of stress relief for you. Knowing that your parent is in good hands means that you can step back and focus your energy, attention, time, and resources in the most efficient and meaningful ways. This can be especially beneficial if you are in the sandwich generation caring for your parent and your children, or if you live at a distance from your parent and do not feel you are able to care for them in the way that they need and deserve.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Stone Mountain, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.