When assisted living works the way it is supposed to, it is a life saver. Our elderly family members get the care and support they need and we get to devote more our time to making their lives happy.
Caretaker is a role many of us are taking on in our senior years, as our parents live longer and healthier lives. At some point, though, we can find ourselves in a role reversal, specifically when we’re responsible for or facilitating the care of aging parents with infirmities.
Whether it is a parent, spouse or close friend or family member, deciding to move them into a nursing home can be an emotional one.
Most care partners are thrust into their duties through a crisis situation: a sudden diagnosis; a slip or fall. I was one of those, thrust into a situation after my sister passed.
Lifting your loved one or supporting their weight when they walk may seem like a workout in itself, day in and day out. However, there are many reasons you need to go beyond your usual caregiving duties and find a way to truly exercise each day.
A few years ago, my father-in-law experienced a major medical crisis and as a result he was hospitalized. He was in intensive care for a time but eventually gained enough strength so that he was able to return home.
Being a caregiver is tough, especially if you still have a job. Not only do you need to deal with the stress of looking after a loved one, but, you need to manage your career as well.
I was in my late 50s when I became a caregiver for my parents, so our family dynamic was pretty established. We were a family of strong personalities. My Mom was the boss and controlled all the family matters. My Dad was patient, easy and outgoing and let her rule the roost.
A stay in the hospital can be confusing, scary and painful. When your older adult is seriously ill, or after a medical emergency, they need extra support during their hospital stay.
I must begin this article with a confession. There was a time when a middle-aged couple lived kitty-corner across the street from our house. We didn’t know them well. Our interaction was limited to a wave when we saw each other across the street.