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Making Choices for Your Loved Ones

                      Aging Parents

Contributed by Linda McCarrin

You have been noticing changes in your mom, dad, auntie or best uncle. You can’t quite put your finger on it and the worse thing is that you don’t know if you have the emotional courage to even talk about it. And if you did, who would you go to?

There has never been so much information about elder care as there has been for the last ten to fifteen years. The Boomers are booming and blooming! Some boomers have good health and still get on the golf or tennis court. Many, however, are in need of more care than ever. They are “coming of age” and with modern medicine they’ll be living longer than their parents. That’s a great thing if they have their health and stamina.

If you have found yourself wondering about how to care for your loved ones whether they are returning home from surgery, having had rehab or are just in need of some weekly personal care, companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation or medication reminders you might consider in-home care. The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare of Orland Park will meet with the person considering the care and / or the family involved. A customized Care Plan is tailored to your loved one’s needs and abilities. Your input matters.

It used to be that family would always be there for Grandpa or Grandma. My own Grandparents lived right next door to my aunt and uncle. Care was easier because they would know if Grandma had come out to tend to her garden or Grandpa had gone to play cards with his friends. Today with everyone’s lives so taken up with jobs, growing children, volunteer and social activities, it’s difficult to be in all places. At times we feel bad because we can’t so it all.

The inability to take care of your parents or older relatives as much as you’d like to doesn’t have to be something to feel guilty about. In fact, spreading yourself too thin results in caregiver burnout. When this happens the caregiver’s health is challenged because of the new responsibilities. Therapists and Life Coaches working with those who care for others in addition to their own personal needs find that caregiver burnout to be one of the reasons they become ill or lack their usual vitality. Most of it is just giving yourself the permission to let go and delegate some of the caregiving duties. Knowing your limits helps you be able to stay healthy and give the quality care when you can.

Whether it’s a few hours a day or week, 24 hour live-in care or continuous care, SYNERGY HomeCare of Orland Park, employs compassionate, qualified and experienced caregivers trained in the various stages of eldercare.

SYNERGY Home Care of Orland Park is insured and bonded. National Criminal Background Checks are done on our caregivers for your peace of mind. Synergy Home Care of Orland Park is also a proud member of the AARP National Employer Team and has received the Home Care Pulse Award for outstanding caregiving services.

Kevin Little
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