Are you providing senior care for your mother? Are you also trying to raise your own children at the same time? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world end up providing some level of care to elderly loved ones and when you have other responsibilities, such as a full-time job or children, it can create undo pressure and stress for everyone involved.
The key is trying to find the right balance that will allow you to focus on the important aspects of life, such as your children and work, along with the safety and well-being of your elderly loved one, such as your mother or father, or both. So how can you balance these two opposing forces?
First, you need to understand your limits. You may think that you’re Superman, or Superwoman. You may think that since your mother lives just a few miles away from home that you can stop in whenever she needs help. However, what happens when she’s calling you at all hours of the day? What happens when you leave her and worry that you might have forgotten something or you’re wondering whether she’s taking her medications? What if her hearing isn’t what it used to be and she doesn’t answer the phone very often because it’s too much of a struggle to make out what you’re saying to her?
In these events, you may end up stopping by her home more frequently. If your children are older or able to care for themselves better than if they were infants or six, seven, or so, then you may be more willing to leave them alone, or at least not pay the same attention to them that you would normally do. When that happens, you’re placing their emotional and physical well-being at risk. And it’s not just your children that you’re putting at risk, but your elderly loved one as well.
The best way to balance these issues is to hire senior care services for your elderly loved one. We don’t think that senior home services will care for our loved one the way that we can, or we may feel some obligation to provide care for them, but the truth is that when you attempt to balance your life with being a caregiver, you end up placing more strain on yourself, your family, and your relationships.
The best choice is to find the right level of senior care to help your loved one, then you can truly balance your life and ensure that everyone receives what they require, and deserve.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of senior care services in Canandaigua, NY contact the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (585) 245-0134 for more information.
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