Caring for Elderly Parents – Stress Free

Caring for elderly parents is becoming more and more common in today’s society. Being in this position can add a great deal of stress to your life. Not only are you worried about your loved one, but it can take a great deal of time and energy. All of this can be overwhelming and lead to exhaustion. Here are some tips for best dealing with the situation.

First, you should take care of yourself. Remember, if you are not at your best how can you expect to care for another person? So be sure to get plenty of sleep and make time for yourself. Being well rested gives you the energy you need and doing things you enjoy keeps you happy with a positive attitude. If the caregiving of a parent becomes so involved that you can no longer care for yourself than you need to look for other options. The cheapest route is simply dividing the care schedule between you and other family members. Asking for help is important – you can’t do everything. If there is no one else, than you need to look at hiring a caregiver just one or two days a week. This will at least give you some much needed time off.

Hiring a caregiver to fulfill all the needs is also good if you have the resources. Then you don’t have to worry about all the stress and time commitments. And when you visit with your loved one you can spend time with them instead of worrying about what needs to be done. You can still talk about the care provided to ensure all their needs are being met but you can take the time to enjoy their company now.

There are also community resources that may be available for care help. You can go to your local senior center or church to see what they can offer. Often times these organizations have senior activities they can get involved in which helps prevent loneliness and keeps them involved. If meals are an issue, search your community for a meal delivery program. There are a lot of resources available if you just take the time to search. Ask organizers at your church or senior center for recommendations. They are usually happy to help in any way they can.

These are just a few tips to help relieve some of the caregiver stress you may be experiencing. Reach out to the community and get a helping hand. And remember, if you can’t make time for yourself, if you’re always tired, than how can you provide care for someone else?

source: Seniors List

June 29, 2011 in Senior Care

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