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It happens so often. A family member starts by helping their senior parent out here and there. As time goes on, they willingly do a little more...and a little more. Gradually they're overwhelmed by the physical and psychological workload. Sure, they still want to help. But limitations create personal conflict.
When is it time to ask for help? And how much help should you ask for? Many issues affect these decisions. Time, abilities, energy and other responsibilities come into play. Finances, safety, careers and health must be considered. Plus, emotions driven by a sense of loyalty, feelings of guilt and desire to please have to be dealt with.
What a tough situation to be in, especially for those facing these decisions for the first time. Fortunately, there are professionals and peers who are willing to share their experience and expertise. (See list below.) They can add clarity to the decision making process and relieve some of the pressure felt by caregivers.
Caregivers are aware that the decision to seek help and/or alternative care involves the assessment of numerous personal and care issues concerning their loved one. What they tend to overlook is that the decision also involves numerous personal and care issues concerning themselves.
Caregivers can put themselves at risk by ignoring or denying their own issues. Mental stress and physical fatigue can have a negative effect on their health, relationships and ability to provide the necessary care.
An objective assessment is not an easy thing to do alone. It's really beneficial to have someone to talk it over with...and the time to be thorough.
Here are some sources of knowledge and experience that can help caregivers deal with their issues and guide them in care planning.
Agencies & Associations - Organizations that deal with senior health, care and living issues.
Geriatric Care Managers - Specialists in long-term care issues and planning.
Medical & Health Professionals - Especially those who specialize in the care of seniors.
Social Workers - Specialists in relationship and care issues found at hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospitals, etc.
Keepsake Choices - Our Family Advisors use their vast experience to guide family members through difficult situations and the variety of senior care options.