-If you are a family caregiver for one of the approximately a million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Parkinson's disease, you may have noticed that you are struggling with a variety of emotions.
The emotional response of a family caregiver to a seniors progression with Parkinson's disease can be intense, and can lead to potentially serious consequences such as depression and burn-out. Coping with your emotions effectively as possible is a critical step and not only protecting your own health and well-being, but also ensuring that you continue to remain the best quality caregiver that you can be for your senior as they age in place.
Use these tips to help you cope with your emotions while caring for a senior with Parkinson's disease:
-Give yourself permission to feel overwhelmed or to not want to fulfill all of the care tasks that they need. While you might feel that having these types of reactions is negative or that it means you don't love your parents, this is not the case. It is normal to feel overwhelmed when presented with a strenuous care requirement, and many people feel uncomfortable or out of place for filling potentially sensitive care roles. Giving yourself permission to feel this way eases stress and guilt, and allows you to focus on more effective and beneficial ways to manage these care needs.
-If you are experiencing feelings of guilt, take some time to try to identify the true source of this guilt. Do you really feel guilty because you are not doing enough for your aging parent, or does it stem from past disappointment or even the criticism of others? Identifying these sources allows you to focus on them and find the solution that is most appropriate.
-Schedule quality time with your aging parent. Just because they are dealing with symptoms and challenges of this condition does not mean that you cannot continue to enjoy many fun and meaningful activities together. Taking a step back from your care tasks occasionally just to focus on your parent-child relationship is highly beneficial for both of you.
Do not hesitate to reach out for help. Participating in a support group or finding a counselor can be tremendously helpful in allowing you to work through your emotions and avoid more serious consequences.
-Start senior care for your parent as early in the progression as possible. This not only supports your parent's independence adn a higher quality of life through more activity and engagement, but it also reduces your stress and gives you more time to handle other obligations in your life, including taking care of yourself
How can home care services help?
Starting senior care for your aging parents can be one of the best decisions that you make for them during their later years. And in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they have continued access to the level of care, support, and assistance that is right for them.
Through a set of highly personalized services this care provider will help your parent address their individual challenges, needs, and limitations. They will also help your parent to pursue a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and independent as possible as they age in place. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your parents will be able to live their highest quality of life while also staying happy, healthy, and comfortable.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services 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...