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Have You Really Talked About Caregivers and What That Means for Your Family?

By Dawn Hill

Caregivers provide support and companionship to seniors who struggle with activities of daily living. While their job is to help their client, in many ways caregivers also help families. Here are some of the things you need to bring up.

Caring for a Family Member Makes a Long Day Even Longer

You can't imagine not being there for your mom or dad, but it's also hard being there. You've just worked eight hours. You have a long drive to your parent's house. You rush to cook them a meal, make sure they've had medications, and are in good spirits.

After you've washed the dinner dishes, you make sure your parent is set for the night. You have a 30-minute drive back to your house. There, you have to cook another meal for your family, complete household chores, and find a few minutes to relax before it's bedtime. It's exhausting.

Even if you live with your parent, you still will find it hard to have time to unwind. The stress builds up and impacts your physical and mental health.

Your Siblings May Not Agree With You

Siblings may split caregiving tasks, but everyone will have his or her way of doing things. Sometimes, it can lead to family squabbles.

One common argument is that a sibling isn't helping out enough. Someone feels they're spending far more time helping out than others. As frustrations build, family members may stop talking to each other. Caregivers take over the care that triggers the arguments in the first place.

Respite Care Gives Everyone a Break

You may feel stressed caring for your mom or dad. Imaging how your parent feels? They likely feel they are a burden. They're embarrassed that they can't do the things they could once do so easily. Having to rely on you is hard, too.

Respite care services give everyone a break. You can go for a walk, clear your head, and return refreshed and in great spirits. Your mom or dad get a break, too. They have someone new to talk to and get to know. It ends up being a win-win for everyone.

Don't hold off talking about home care until it's urgent. Talk about the benefits of caregivers early and get your parents used to the idea of having help. It will be much easier to bring in caregivers when your parents are already accustomed to the idea.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN DAVIDSON, NC, PLEASE CALL THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE. WE SERVE CLIENTS IN MOORESVILLE, STATESVILLE, DAVIDSON, CORNELIUS, HUNTERSVILLE, DENVER, CONCORD, KANNAPOLIS, AND THE CHARLOTTE METRO AREA. CALL TODAY: (704) 909-7958.