Family caregivers may enjoy helping their senior loved ones, but being a caregiver is also one of the most challenging roles a person can perform. While you may have embraced your role with open arms in the beginning, it’s best to take a realistic look at what you will actually face as your loved one ages. This list of common challenges family caregivers face isn’t meant to scare you. Instead, it’s intended to give you a sense of empowerment as you plan for the support you need to manage your loved one’s care as well as your own.
Getting Sick without Any Time Off
Being a family caregiver doesn’t always come with the same perks as other jobs, such as being able to take time off when you’re ill. However, trying to carry out your normal activities can wear you down, and it puts your loved one at risk of catching whatever made you sick. Create a backup plan now to have someone who can take care of your loved one if you do get sick and need time off to recover.
If you’re the primary caregiver for a senior family member and are looking for professional senior care, Palm Desert Home Care Assistance should be your top choice. Our dedicated and compassionate caregivers are committed to helping older adults manage their health and enjoy a higher quality of life in the golden years.
Worrying About Their Loved One’s Health
It’s one thing when you’re sick, but it can be especially upsetting to watch as your loved one’s health decreases. Family caregivers often find they worry more than they ever imagined they would about their loved ones’ health. Over time, this increased worry can manifest as burnout, depression, and anxiety. Try to plan to take time out to talk about your worries with your family and friends. You can also join a support group or visit a counselor to get further support for the emotional strain that can accompany your role.
Experiencing Sleep Deprivation
Sleepless nights aren’t just a problem parents of newborns face. Seniors also tend to be up for various reasons throughout the night. Your loved one may need help with frequent trips to the bathroom, require you to check his or her vital signs, or need you to remind him or her to take medication in the middle of the night. If your loved one has dementia, wandering also becomes a concern. At some point, you may need to arrange for overnight care to help you with your loved one. If you’ve gone more than one night this week without a full night’s sleep, it may be time to make this change.
Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Palm Desert live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or recovering from a stroke, you can trust the professional live-in caregivers from Home Care Assistance to enhance his or her quality of life.
Handling Conflicting Schedules
You may also find your loved one’s busy schedule of appointments interfering with your ability to get other things done. Your other family members may not always be able to help you out if they also have things to do. The solution to this challenge is to hire a home caregiver who can step in and manage whatever you cannot do that day. Hiring a caregiver is a great way to handle things when you and your loved one need to be in different places at the same time, such as for separate medical appointments.
Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elderly home care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more. Contact one of our experienced Care Managers today at (760) 345-0001 to learn more about our reliable in-home care services.