Caring for an aging loved one isn't easy. Putting your own life on hold while you take care of the person that has given up so much for you over the years isn't easy, but many people do it every single day. How do you get through this difficult time without neglecting your loved one or neglecting your own personal needs? Here, you'll find a few tips that can make things a little easier for you while remaining dedicated to your loved one.
Bring in Help
Don't try taking all of this on alone. There are so many services to help you right now – hiring an in-home senior care aide is something that you should give serious consideration. So many people make the mistake of thinking they can handle the work-load and that they don't need help. But really, take the help.
Senior care aides are available at various levels – whether you just need someone around to make sure that your loved one is taking his or her medicine like they're supposed to, or you need a more skilled nurse to help you through the hospice care your loved one needs. You can find a staff member that will meet all of your needs.
Take a Break
When you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, take a break – find someone, anyone that you can trust, to take care of your loved one for a day or two while you take care of yourself. If you continue to burn the wick at both ends, you will run yourself ragged and won't be able to care for your loved one the way you'd like – the way he or she deserves.
Installing some surveillance cameras around the house can help alleviate some stress that you feel. Look for a camera or a set of cameras that connect to your smartphone. When any movement occurs in the room where the camera is, your phone will alert you, and you'll be able to see exactly what is going on at that moment. This will take a lot of the worry out of your day – you won't have to scramble to find out what that noise was – and you can even get outside while your loved one is resting without worrying that you've missed him or her calling out to you.
This isn't easy, but you will make it through and you will be glad that you've given your time to the person that's given so much to you over the years.