You’ve not been the same since your dad got sick. In fact, you’re not feeling the best lately either. Last time you were at the doctor your blood pressure was up. And the stress of worrying about whether or not Dad is safe is keeping you awake at night and making it harder to focus at work.
It’s no surprise that senior loved ones sometimes avoid necessary end-of-life discussions. If you’re a family caregiver, be prepared for the inevitable tough talks that may be needed with older family members. The Home Instead Senior Care® network’s 40-70 Rule program can help when it’s time to start discussing these sensitive subjects.
Employment for many people who have reached retirement age is no longer an option, and a job has even become a necessity in some cases. The Home Instead Senior Care® network offers caregiving opportunities for seniors who like to help other seniors.
We often don't understand the many aspects of informal caregiving, including the positive effects it has on the person needing care and the potentially negative consequences it can have for an informal caregiver.
Senior illnesses and conditions take a toll on caregivers as much as older adults. The advanced stages of diseases such as Parkinson's may require that seniors receive around-the-clock assistance, which many times falls to family members. Family caregivers must guard their own health and look to respite care when necessary.
Being a caregiver is never easy, but if you've spent much of your adult life trying just get along with a parent or another older adult you're close to, being thrust into the role of his caregiver may be excruciating.