Many of us baby boomers are faced with the role reversal of caring for an aging parent. Our parents were there for us, and now it’s our turn. There can be uncomfortable moments when we want to administer and facilitate the care our parents need, but we tread lightly so as not to make them feel as though they are losing independence or dignity.
A colleague shared an experience with me from the days when she was caring for her father who was in the early stages of dementia. She was helping him bathe when he had a lucid moment and was mortified that his daughter was in the bathroom with him. She was embarrassed and felt awful. For her it proved the need and benefit of having help from an outside caregiver.
It seems there is a natural tendency to care for our aging parent in the same way you care for your child. And often times some of the needs are similar. For seniors that have been around for decades though, it can be demoralizing to be spoken to and treated as if they are a small child.
They key to all of this is having simple conversations with your aging parent. And to never assume that they won’t understand. Asking them questions about what they need and how they want help will allow them to feel secure and maintain their independence.
SYNERGY HomeCare provides a variety of in-home care services such as senior home assistance, homecare support, and in-home companionship services to families living in Broomfield, Boulder and North Metro. Call SYNERGY HomeCare today to learn more and discuss your options at 303-465-4663.