Aging is an inevitable fact of life. While we get older, our parents also get older, and in situations where the health of the aging parent becomes a concern, the children often have to make major decisions about how the elderly parent will be cared for. Often times it is the adult children of elderly individuals who become the primary caregivers.
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This reversing of roles can bring to light many questions about what the “correct way” to care for mom is. Many adult children that have accepted the role of caregiver try to provide the care all on their own, without calling on help from an outside source for senior care services. Having only one or two caregivers in the family, providing all of the necessary care and assistance with activities of daily living for the senior can cause quite a bit of tension, sometimes between caregiver and parent; other times among siblings. Getting the assistance of a home health care agency can allow the family to better function without feelings of resentment or animosity secondary to being overwhelmed and overworked.
1 out of 6 patients that have been discharged from the hospital in Ontario return within 30 days! If your loved one has had a stay in the hospital and is finally able to return home, it is crucial that they receive adequate help as they recover. They may need assistance to perform daily tasks post hospitalization. Even the simplest of tasks like bathing and dressing can become a major challenge, not to mention meal preparation and ensuring adequate food and fluid intake. Fatigue can cause a recovering senior to neglect their personal hygiene and nutritional intake which would certainly affect their recover in a negative way.
Preventable hospital readmissions cost the health care system an estimated $1.8 billion over an 11-month period according to The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). This goes hand in hand with the previous statistic. These are hospital admissions that could have been prevented with proper care.
Over 2 in 5 seniors need assistance to get through their day. As our loved ones grow older, they will develop needs that they can't always fulfill on their own. You will have to be prepared with a solution to assist them when the need arises. However, It will not be possible to be with your elderly loved one every second of every day, and at any moment a fall can happen. You may need to maintain a job in order to be able to provide for yourself and your immediate family, therefore, calling in some help for your parent may become necessary for times when you can't be there. Caregiving takes a toll; it will affect you emotionally, financially, and physically. Because the struggle of juggling your personal life with senior caregiving can result in stress and burnout, it is important to try to find a balance.
90% of seniors want to stay in their own home, and age in place. It is important to discuss what your loved one wants as they age. They will likely tell you that they would like to live at home for as long as possible. Providing all the care for your ageing parent may not allow you time to do other activities that you used to have time to enjoy. Having the assistance of a senior home care provider can give you back some time to just be a son or daughter, rather than a sole caregiver.