Simply because you have made the decision to take on the role of being your aging parents family caregiver does not mean that you need to take on all of these tasks completely on your own.
Seeking out help and dividing care tasks is an exceptional way to make sure that your parents’ needs are properly fulfilled and that you are able to focus time, energy, effort, and resources on other elements of your life, such as your marriage, your children, your career, and yourself. While there are many sources of additional care and support you can include in your parents care network, one that you should consider as early in your care journey as possible is your siblings,
Having siblings can mean having automatic backup support in your care journey for your parent.
These siblings have the same level of responsibility toward your parents, and you should be taking on responsibilities just as you are. The first step in arranging for this effective division of care is to talk to your siblings about your parents’ care needs so that together you can make decisions about their care moving forward.
Use these tips to talk to your siblings about your parents’ care needs:
Be honest with them. You cannot expect your siblings to know what your parent needs for the care that should be given if you are not honest with them. Respect your parents’ privacy, but be clear and open with your siblings about what your parent is facing, the care that they need, and what you are able to provide.
Be flexible. There are many factors that go into a person’s ability to be a caregiver.
Your siblings may live at a further distance from your parents, may have a busier schedule, or may have other personal challenges and limitations that keep them from being able to be as involved in your parents care as you are. This does not mean that they cannot contribute to the care. Be flexible in the type of care and assistance that you accept from your sibling. They may be able to help in other ways, such as ordering groceries for your parents online, scheduling visits on a regular basis, or helping you to pay for senior care.
Be supportive. As your parents’ primary caregiver, you are the central element of their care routine.
This means that you are still in control of the bulk of their care, and it is up to you to make sure that your siblings give the care that is most beneficial to your parents, but also that is right for them. Encourage your siblings to tell you how they can be involved, and support them in giving your parent the most love and care that they can. Remember that there are many sides to caring for a senior and that efforts such as having your parents over for dinner a night or two a week, sitting with them in the afternoons, or providing transportation to the grocery store may seem simple, but can be extremely valuable in conjunction with other care efforts.
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver journey with them.
A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they get the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need in order to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. The highly personalized services of an in-home senior care services provider are specifically tailored toward your parent as an individual, meaning that they will get the care that is right for them to support a lifestyle that is as healthy, safe, comfortable, independent, and active as possible throughout their later years. As a family caregiver, this can give you a tremendous sense of peace of mind knowing that your parent is in the best hands both when you are with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Fullerton, CA, contact the caring staff at No Place Like Home Homecare today at 951-382-5266.
About Kristi Duran
Kristi Duran is the owner of No Place Like Home Homecare. Kristi started NPLH because of her absolute love for seniors. She was raised by her grandparents from the day she was born. Kristi has a special connection to seniors and understands their wishes and needs to stay independent.
Kristi has worked in the medical field for years and has seen first-hand how aging seniors want nothing more than to age in the comfort of their own home with dignity and grace. At NPLH, she and her caregivers insure that this happens.
NPLH is not a large franchise. It is a personal family owned homecare service. This insures a one on one personalized touch. Kristi is available 24 hours a day to her clients and their families.