Are an elderly loved one’s needs beyond what a family caregiver can provide? In every family, the answer to this question will be different. Family caregivers for elderly relatives are considered essential for many families and deciding to make the transition to seeking professional help when you can no longer do everything necessary is often difficult.
There are several questions to ask yourself before making this decision. One of the most important questions may concern your loved one’s living situation. Does your loved one want to continue to live in his or her home, and if so, are you able to provide the necessary support? If the answer is no, then remaining reliant on you as a family caregiver may not be enough. It could be time to seek professional caregiving assistance if you cannot move into your loved one’s home or be there enough to care for him or her, even though he or she desperately wants to stay in his or her home.
If your elderly loved one has minor ailments to do with age, the help of a family caregiver may be sufficient. Minor ailments, however, can multiply or turn into major ones. If your loved one begins to need daily medical treatment, or the help of a skilled medical professional, like a nurse or home health aide, then continuing to rely solely on a family caregiver may be insufficient. In particular, if your loved one develops a chronic condition and needs assistance with daily living activities, like cooking and bathing, a professional caregiver whose job is to help him or her could be the best thing for both you and your loved one.
It may be understandable for an adult child, niece or nephew to want to provide care for an elderly family member for as long as possible. Sometimes, however, the stress of taking on the sole burden of providing this care can become overwhelming. If you work outside the home, it can be impossible to juggle caregiving for your family member and your paid job. Even if you do not work outside the home, if you have small children to care for yourself, balancing the two can be incredibly tough. This, in and of itself, may be a valid reason to seek professional caregiving assistance for your loved one.
To further discuss the long-term care needs of an elderly loved one and how they can best be met, our office is here for you and your family. Please get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.