Family caregivers take on a lot of responsibility on behalf of an elderly relative. They are certainly devoting a large part of their spare time to ensuring their loved one’s health, safety, and happiness. Even in the best of circumstances, however, family caregivers can experience frustration, stress, and burnout. Many family caregivers hire elderly care providers to support them in their efforts to look after their aging relatives.
Caregiver burnout comes from chronic stress, where a family caregiver doesn’t have any kind of a break from their responsibilities. They tend to put off taking care of themselves in favor of their elderly relative’s needs. Many family caregivers find it hard to maintain a balance between the family responsibilities, jobs, and leisure versus what their aging loved one needs. When elderly care providers are in the picture, the family caregiver can focus on other areas of their lives while knowing that a caring professional is looking after their relative.
Here are a few areas where elderly care providers can step in and take care of an elderly adult’s needs:
Sometimes family caregivers simply need some physical distance from their elderly relative for a while, but the senior cannot be left alone. Having an elderly care provider in the home for companionship and supervision works well for everyone.
Some of the routine tasks of caring for an elderly adult become very monotonous, leading to burnout. Other tasks become battlegrounds between family caregivers and seniors. Asking an elderly care provider to step in and do basic hygiene tasks is an excellent way to relieve family caregivers of unpleasant or awkward tasks like toileting, showering, and dressing their relative. Seniors are often more compliant with professional strangers than with their helpful relatives.
Meal Preparation and Cleanup.
Mealtimes are some of the most stressful, no matter what age or stage of life. Family caregivers that must feed their own family frequently struggle with meal preparation for their elderly relative, too. An elderly care provider can ensure that hot, nutritious meals are always served, and they’ll do cleanup as well.
Housekeeping and Laundry.
Nobody likes to do housekeeping and laundry, especially busy family caregivers. Many elderly care providers include light housework and laundry duties as part of their services. This gives the aging adult a clean and comfortable place to live, while lifting the burden of housekeeping from the family caregiver. Having housekeeping tasks done regularly also lessens the guilt that family caregivers and seniors often feel because they can’t get to it.
Elderly care providers work closely with family caregivers to provide just the right amount of in-home care. When an elderly care provider is around, the senior can live in their own home for much longer than it would be possible otherwise. It also gives family caregivers some much needed support and provides an invaluable resource.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional elderly care in Vestavia Hills, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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