As parents age, many of the changes that occur can create additional stressors in both your life and in the lives of your parents. It can be a difficult process for everyone. Many of the family dynamics—such as who is hosting or in control of a social function, money or decisions about healthcare and living situations —may change drastically. As the power dynamic between parent and child shifts, this can cause stress while both parties get used to their new roles. As such, an outside caregiver or senior care consultant can serve a struggling family relationship in many essential ways. Here are three ways a caregiver or senior care consultant can help you and your family.
1. Aid physical requirements
This is perhaps the most obvious benefit of having a caretaker. Caring for the physical needs of an aging adult can often become overwhelming. Having someone else to take over those responsibilities, even for a short time, can quickly provide relief for close family members. Having a professional designated to ensure senior family members are as comfortable as possible makes it easier for everyone to interact with less stress, engage with their daily lives and spend more quality time together.
2. Assist with emotional needs
An aging adult may have emotional needs that you or your immediate family members may not be equipped to handle. Whether they need more constant companionship, are struggling with depression or dementia, or even become angry or irritable at themselves or others—with time this can become too much for even the most devoted family member. Having a
focused caregiver to assume some of this responsibility relieves some of the emotional pressure on the immediate family. Once the pressure is off, it becomes more possible to give meaning to the emotional moments you share. The constant pressure can be overwhelming but picking your battles can make it more possible for you to connect.
3. Create a buffer for familial strife
The stress of caregiving on both emotional and physical fronts can often exhaust family members. When someone else steps in and becomes the primary caregiver, it allows for mediation between family and senior. When issues arise, there’s someone to step in and attend to the needs of the senior family member and their needs. Unintentional nit-picking and bickering about small tasks like grocery shopping can become an ordeal that no one wants to deal with. Having another party involved makes it easier for an adult child to disengage from the situation that causes the frustration, which can cause detrimental damage to family relationships and the health of all involved.
Aging can be a daunting process for everyone, especially when it involves making choices for someone that you care about. Sometimes the changes we see in our parents are hard to cope with, especially when dementia and other ailments are present. An outside caregiver can often serve as an essential form of mediation in these situations. If you or a loved one is struggling with issues like these, let us know how we can help you.