Now that your parent needs help with daily activities, you're torn. Do you cut your hours at work to provide the care your mom or dad needs? Do you hire caregivers to help out? As you start researching your options, you're bound to stumble on these four myths about caring for a parent.
#1 – If You Hire Someone Else, You Don't Really Love Your Parent
There is nothing harder to caring for a parent all of the time. It can be stressful, sad, and exhausting. As you wear yourself out emotionally and physically, you might find you have a short temper. Meanwhile, you can't forget that family members and friends keep saying it's your parent and you are a horrible person if you don't provide the care. They say you have to put your parent first.
Don't let what others say guilt you into providing care. You know your health, abilities, finances, and obligations better than anyone. If you can't afford to cut your hours or cannot see yourself providing quality care, it's best to hire elderly care services.
#2 – It's Easy and Takes No Training
Caring for an elderly parent may not require special training, but you might find yourself wishing you had been trained to handle certain situations. Your mom has Alzheimer's and is delusional. You don't see the person she sees. You're certain it's all in her head. If you tell her that, she is going to react. You have to learn how to filter what you say and don't say. Specialists refer to this as living in his/her moment and not yours.
#3 – Your Parent Won't Trust Anyone Else
While your mom or dad might be nervous at first, most love spending time with someone new. They make a new friend and have new opportunities for socialization. Just expect some hesitation and nervousness at first.
#4 – Strangers Can't Be Trusted
You see headlines about elder abuse and neglect. People read those and forget that that one caregiver is one of the thousands. Most caregivers are completely reliable and love the people they care for. With an agency helping pair the right caregiver to your parent, you can truly trust this new person and find that caregiver soon feels like one of the family.
Don't feel like you are the only option available. Elderly care services can help you and your mom or dad. You take on the care tasks you feel comfortable doing and let a pro do the rest. Call to discuss the options available.
If you or an aging loved one is considering elderly care in Gilbert, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.