Majority of adults have accidentally become a family caregiver to aging parents, who have chronic illnesses or are retired. Being a caregiver can be time-consuming and overwhelming, and adult children are now employing the services of home caregivers. This is because they want their ageing parents to remain at home, even when faced with challenges related to aging. Presently, the numbers of home care services and home caregivers are increasing as people grow old. Most caregivers spend on average 20 hours every week, with more outside work taking care of elderly parents.

How to cope with the problems

Regardless of how well the intention is, or the wise and loving relationship between aging parents and their adult children caregivers, it is important to know that the emotional burden can be very high. According to a research, people who take care of elderly parents were 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.

Likewise, doctors develop more cases of diabetes, hypertension, and lung disease. Not only does the effect of helping ageing relatives to stay at home means the risk of social isolation and demands of the time, but it also increases the stress.

How you can help your ageing parents
Home Care services are compassionate caregivers. They can provide help for the ageing parents including everyone in the family. Although it can take time for the ageing parents to acknowledging the fact that they need to receive quality care, knowing full well that experienced and responsible home care professionals are at hand to resolve any issues that may arise with the seniors gives the adult children time for other activities.

Personal care plan for seniors

There is a wide range of personal care plan designed to meet seniors’ specific needs. These may include wheelchair transfer assistance, medication reminders, running errands and dress assistance. Home Care services offer a variety of services, which enable you choose what best suit your ageing parents.

Personal home care services include:

  • Safety and product recall
  • Social activities and appointments
  • Active thinking and memory care
  • Emotional support and friendly conversation
  • Ironing, laundry and changing clothes
  • Planning and preparation of nutritious meals and cleaning
  • Light gardening, light exercise and transport
  • Help with lunch and visit to the loo
  • Household cleaning and running tasks
  • Transfer from / to a wheelchair, bed etc
  • Assistance with dressing, bathing and grooming

With home care services taking care of the adult’s daily routine, family members can relax and with ease enjoy their relationship with their aging parents. Rather than feel guilty and overwhelmed, a quality time can be spend together to create new memories and bring old favorites to remembrance.

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Nefr Israel 

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