“There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” –Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, nearly one in three family members caring for an elderly loved one is over 65 years old themselves. At first you may be able to meet the needs of your loved one without difficulty or major changes in your own life style and personal habits. But as time goes on, and almost without realizing it, you may find that you have swapped roles with your loved one, become deeply involved in their physical and financial needs while neglecting your own, and have begun assisting with personal activities such as bathing and dressing.
There are options for assisting caregivers and their families. One of the most popular is providing assistance in your elder’s home. Founder and owner of Minding Our Elders, Carol Bradley Bursack, suggests the following considerations regarding in-home care: Independence and Comfort, Family Interactions, Continuity with Personal Physician, and Lower Costs.
Providing daily care can lead to physical and emotional stress that negatively impact your quality of life, and the quality of care you can give. The National Alliance for Caregiving puts it this way, “if you don't take care of yourself, who will be there to care for your loved one?” In-home services such as Seniors Helping Seniors will provide personal assistance, companionship, homemaking services, and more at an affordable rate for as much, or as little, as you need. Let us help you take care of yourself, and your loved one. Call 440-935-3848, 419-366-4915 or 330-421-2716 for information.