If you are a family caregiver for your elderly loved one it is likely that you started this role because you noticed that your aging parent was struggling with challenges and limitations that have made it more difficult for them to handle their daily tasks safely and effectively on their own.
When you first got started, you may have felt like you would be able to handle the challenges of caring for your senior on your own. As you cared for them, however, you may have found that these challenges were more extensive than you expected, or they might have developed further needs that make it difficult for you to handle. This might lead you to seek out help with your parent’s homecare tasks.
If you have siblings, this is the natural first place for you to look. After all, these people share your relationship with your elderly parent and it is only expected that they would contribute to their care as well. Unfortunately, this might not seem as natural to them as it does to you. You may need to directly ask them for the help that you need so that they will understand the challenges that you face and how they can ease that burden.
Use these tips to help you ask your siblings for help in your aging parent’s homecare:
• Approach it casually. You do not want your siblings to feel as though you are confronting them or judging them. This can cause them to shut down and be resistant to anything that you have to say to them. Instead, approach the conversation casually. Have them meet you for a cup of coffee or ask them over to your house for dinner. Approach this as you asking for everyone to work together, not demanding for them to do something.
• Be clear about the demands. Do not automatically assume that your siblings understand what you are going through or that they know how much you have to do. They cannot fully appreciate everything that you do for your parent or how much stress you are feeling if you do not tell them. Be open, honest, and clear with them so that they really know what is happening.
• Give suggestions. Your siblings might want to help, but they might not know how. Give suggestions for how they can be a part of your parent’s homecare in ways that will be helpful to you and beneficial to your parent, but also accessible for your siblings and their limitations. This might mean being with your senior a day or two out of the week, providing transportation, or even contributing money to pay for homecare and other needs. Let them choose what works for them and work around their contribution
Starting homecare for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your elderly loved one throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. An senior homecare services provider can be with your aging loved one on a fully customized schedule designed to address their individual needs, challenges, and limitations while also ensuring that you are kept at the forefront of their care. Through a highly personalized set of services, this homecare provider can help your parent to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy throughout their later years while also encouraging them to pursue a lifestyle that is as active, independent, and fulfilling as possible.
As a family caregiver, this homecare provider can also make a tremendous difference in your health and well-being. Knowing that your loved one has this care can ease your stress, help you to cope with guilt, and ensure that you have the time and energy to take care of yourself, your family, and the other obligations in your life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Estero FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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