For many elderly adults, moving out of their home and into a smaller home or with their adult children is another step of the aging process. This is a rite of passage in a way, ushering them from one chapter of their lives to another, but while it can be an exciting change in some ways, it can be upsetting in others.
Your parent may have lived in this home for many years and the thought of leaving it can bring up a variety of emotions that may be difficult for you to handle. Taking the time to cope with these emotions can make the process easier and smoother for both of you, and help you continue to be the best caregiver for them.
Use these tips to help you deal with the emotions of your parent moving out of their home:
-Make a list of the reasons why this is the best choice for your parent. Write it down somewhere private such as your journal so you can freely and openly express what you are feeling and the reasons you believe this is right for them. This can help you to clarify the situation for yourself and refocus when your emotions get intense.
-Find strength and support in the people who mean the most to you, including your partner and your friends. Let them help you and offer you encouragement so you do not feel so alone.
-Give yourself permission to feel negative emotions. This is a difficult experience and you are entitled to feelings such as grief, sadness, resentment, anger, and fear. Let yourself feel these and work through them rather than trying to force them out of the way.
-Find your own way to say goodbye to the house. This might mean spending some time alone in it so you can reminisce and move on. It might mean taking pictures and creating a scrapbook. Do something to give yourself a sense of closure with the space.
-Focus on the benefits of this move and find things to get excited about. This might mean your parent living with you and the quality time you will get to spend together. It might mean the reduced stress and time of traveling to see them if their new home is closer to you. It might even be as simple as helping them decorate their new space. This excitement can help take the edge off the less pleasant emotions.
Simply because you have chosen to take on the role of being a family caregiver for your aging parent doesn’t mean you have to do it all on your own.
Reaching out for help such as from a home care provider can be one of the best decisions you make for your parent and for yourself.
The highly personalized services of an in-home senior care services provider not only diversify care for your parent and provide valuable companionship, mental stimulation, and more, but it also offers flexibility and freedom for you. This ensures you are there for your parent as much as possible while still managing the other elements of your life, such as your children, your career, your home, your marriage, and your own needs. This results in a higher quality of life and a better relationship for both of you.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elder Care in Mountain Brook, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan still owns and operates a successful accounting firm in Pelham.She believes that the combination of her business experience and compassion for others is a perfect blend to grow Senior Legacy into a leader in the senior home care industry.Susan is committed to the further growth of Senior Legacy’s clients, employees, and surrounding community.
Susan has four wonderful children, and three amazing grandkids.She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling and gardening in her down time.
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