November is National Family Caregiver Appreciation Month and if you’re a family caregiver taking care of a senior loved one you should be proud of the commitment you have to help your senior parent. But you should also know that you don’t have to take care of your senior parent all alone. Elder care providers can make it easier for family caregivers to balance the needs of their senior parents with the needs of their families.
Many family caregivers these days belong to the “Sandwich Generation”. They’re caught between trying to help senior parents who are living at home as they get older and taking care of young children while also in many cases trying to work and focus on a career.
Elder care can give you the time that you need to focus on other responsibilities and give you the peace of mind of knowing that your senior parent is getting help with things like:
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Elder care providers are the perfect solution for seniors who have trouble shopping and running errands or don’t drive anymore. With help from a caregiver seniors can grocery shop without worrying about managing their money or go to the post office without worrying about forgetting the things they need to mail. And since shopping and errands can take a long time it is a real help to family caregivers who work or take care of their children to have that task off their plates.
House Cleaning and Laundry
As they get older seniors may find it more difficult to keep up with the house cleaning that has to get done. They may be able to do simple tidying on their own but need help with physically difficult chores like mopping, sweeping, or dusting. Professional caregivers can do housecleaning tasks that will keep the house looking great and make it safe for your senior parent too. If your senior parent has pets regular vacuuming and sweeping will greatly help the air quality inside the home.
Laundry can be much too difficult for seniors. Lugging heavy baskets of clothes, towels, and linens down the stairs can be very dangerous for seniors, especially if the washer and dryer are in the basement and the laundry needs to go all the way to the basement. Having a caregiver who can make sure that the laundry gets done and taken back upstairs is a huge help to family caregivers and it ensures that your senior loved one will have clean clothes and linens.
Seniors enjoy sharing meals, but family caregivers can’t be there for every meal. Having elder care providers means that seniors will have company for meals when family members can’t be there. Seniors are more likely to eat regularly when they have someone to eat with. And they’re more likely to eat a healthy meal when they’re not eating alone. Elder care fills in the gaps so that your senior loved one gets the care they deserve when you can’t be there.