Roberto was definitely feeling the strain of his busy schedule. Not only was he dealing with his promotion at work, but he and his wife were juggling the demands of raising three active children. When Roberto’s father suffered a stroke, he was no longer able to take care of himself completely, especially when it came to bathing and driving. Roberto and his wife had been spending every spare hour at his father’s house but it didn’t seem like enough. Roberto worried about his father constantly, and didn’t know how he was going to cope with it all.
Advances in health care and medical technology and treatments mean that elderly adults live longer and better lives than ever before. However, most seniors reach a point where age-related illnesses, diseases and more prevent them from being able to perform those basic tasks needed for independent living. Adult children usually step in as unpaid family caregivers and do their best to help out. However, their own lives demand attention as well, and the family caregivers struggle to make it all work out.
Elder care agencies provide home care assistants that come into the elderly person’s home and help with basic tasks. Agencies carefully screen their employees and provide basic training. They are also licensed, bonded and insured. The family members and the agency can work together to determine what kind of assistance the elderly relative needs and how often. Aides can help seniors do everything from bathing, dressing and hygiene to preparing meals, grocery shopping light housework, companionship, and much more. The schedule can be flexible as well, from a few days per week to round the clock care.
Hiring help may seem like a last resort for adult children who want to handle their family issues alone, but it can really be the best thing for everyone. Elder care assistance can be combined with community services for seniors such as meal delivery plans, senior center activities, adult day care and more. Add in other family members, friends, clergy and others in the support network, and the elderly adult has lots of help and the adult child is relieved of some of the caregiving duties.
Elder care aides can really give a family caregiver a break. It’s important for everyone to take time to rest and rejuvenate, especially adult children that take care of an aging parent. This is especially important for those with elderly relatives that cannot be left alone. The constant care can wear down even the most diligent caregiver and they run the risk of physical and mental exhaustion. Stress-related illness is very common in family caregivers. Hiring an elder care aide can make a difference in the quality of life for both the aging adult and their family caregiver.
Roberto was able to arrange elder care assistance for his aging father and the results have been dramatic. Roberto no longer feels frustrated and he is able to enjoy more quality time with both his family and his father. He didn’t need to worry about his father because there was someone there who could provide the care and assistance needed.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Mountain Brook, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...