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Could a Home Care Provider Help You with the Emotional Elements of Caring for Your Parent?

By Michael Hagman, RN, BSN

Home Care in Montana City MT

Being a family caregiver can be an extremely stressful role. This is especially true if you are a part of the sandwich generation. This is the group of adult children who are both caring for their own children and their aging parents. When you make the decision to be a caregiver you are taking on a journey that you may not be fully prepared to handle, and along the way you could face even greater challenges. As you go through this journey you are likely to deal with emotions and stress that makes an impact on the rest of your life. Having sources of help and support can make this process far less difficult. 

One source of help and support that could make a tremendous difference in how you get through your journey with your aging parent is a home care provider. By starting a home care relationship for your loved one you are not only ensuring that that parent has everything that they need to live a happy, healthy, and comfortable life as they age in place, but also that you can remain as strong and healthy through the experience as possible.

Some of the ways that an in home care provider can help you with the emotional elements of caring for your aging parent include:

  • Reduce the "stretch." People in the sandwich generation are extremely familiar with feeling stretched. You have to organize managing all of your parent's needs as well as those of your children, your partner, your career, your volunteer organizations, and everything else that others rely on you to do. This can make you feel as though you are stretched too thin and are not giving any one thing or person the level of attention that it needs or deserves. Having a care provider for your parent enables you to lessen that stretch. You can give more of your time, energy, and effort to the other things in your life while not feeling as though your parent is missing out on something that they need.

  • Manage sensitive tasks. Many elderly adults need help with tasks that are sensitive in nature. These can include bathing, dressing, and toileting among others. While these are necessary tasks for keeping your aging parent healthy and comfortable throughout their aging years, they present an emotional challenge for you to handle. You may feel uncomfortable taking on these tasks, and your parent might feel uncomfortable allowing you to. This can lead to stress, anxiety, and other difficult emotions. A home care provider is available to manage these tasks respectfully, discreetly, and effectively so that you do not have to take them on yourself.

  • Offer respite. It does not matter how close you are to your parent or how you feel about your care relationship with them. At some point you will need a break from the care efforts that you give. This can be just a day to let yourself relax or several days for a vacation with your partner and children. Respite care is available to step in and fill these care gaps. This eliminates the guilt you might feel about leaving your parent and ensures that you can relax, rest, and heal your mind and spirit so that you can come back a stronger, happier, and healthier caregiver for your parent.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care in Montana City, MT, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (406) 438 - 2231.