Do you help your parents out each week or every day? Are you the one cleaning their home, cooking their meals, and scheduling their different medical appointments? Do you have to drive them to and from those appointments? It’s unlikely you’re getting paid to do all of this.
When you’re an unpaid family caregiver, it strains your finances. Family caregivers who’ve not yet reached retirement age often quit their jobs or switch to part-time hours to have the time to help out. You need to make sure you’re getting the help you need to minimize the impact caregiving has on your life.
Join a Support Group
Whether you find a local group or join an online support group, make sure you do. You want to surround yourself with others who understand your fears and successes, frustrations and joys, and emotional ups and downs.
Use your support group to get feedback, ask questions, and get tips on better ways to balance the different areas of your life. It will help you ease stress, find better ways of doing things, and socialize.
Ask Others to Chip In
If you’re an only child, it’s harder to get others to help. Reach out to neighbors, family friends, and area churches to see if people can help out. You might want to ask the area high schools if they require seniors to get a specific number of volunteer hours before graduation.
When teens need volunteer hours, you can ask about having a teen to help with yard work and cleaning chores. As long as you fill out the paperwork recording their hours, schools count assisting the elderly as a good way for the students to volunteer.
If you have brothers and sisters, they should be chipping in and helping out. Create a schedule where you can plan who is available during the week. If you all take a day or two, it leaves everyone with time for their personal lives and obligations.
What Do You About Home Care?
What do you know about home care? Did you know you can have professional caregivers come to your parents’ home to provide several beneficial services? From housekeeping to meal preparation and transportation to companionship, caregivers are there for your parents.
Hire caregivers to provide home care services for your parents. You’ll still help out, but you help out on your time. Work as much as you need and come help your parents when you can. When you can’t be there, caregivers can offer companionship and assistance with daily activities.