When you are the primary provider of care for an aging loved one, it’s hard to see when outside help may be beneficial or required. However, to ensure your personal health and wellness, as well as the quality of care for your aging loved one, it is important to look to outside sources for occasional assistance. Home Care Assistance of Denton County offers four signs that you may need outside help with your caregiving responsibilities:
- The situation is no longer safe. When you become so stressed out that you can’t keep up with light housekeeping or repairs, the home environment becomes unsafe for your aging loved one, as well as all family members who reside in the home. When routine chores hinder you from keeping the house in tip-top shape, you need to reevaluate your need for assistance.
- Your loved one’s needs are not being met. It could be that their pills are not being taken at the right times, they can’t keep up with their personal hygiene or you’re just too busy to let them know that they’re more than an obligation. Perhaps a loved one’s memory condition has left you unequipped to provide quality care for Alzheimer’s or dementia. All of these situations put your loved one at risk, whether physically, emotionally or mentally.
- Your needs are not being met. The first and most important rule of caregiving is that you have to take care of yourself. Whether it’s by talking to someone or arranging for respite care so that you can take a break from your caregiving responsibilities, attending to your own physical needs is crucial to caregiving.
- Things that need to be done are not getting done. This could mean that you’re falling too far behind at work, your loved one has missed too many doctor’s appointments or your family is falling apart because of lack of time. All of these are important tasks, and if you can’t get to them, it will cause more problems down the road.
So what can you do to get more help with caregiving? Call in the cavalry! Whether it’s Meals on Wheels, hiring housecleaning service to help with chores or an in-home health care provider to allow you to spend some quality time with your family, there are many resources that can be tapped in your community to make your many jobs easier to manage. You don’t have to go it alone, and in fact, you shouldn’t. Don’t be afraid to reach out.
For more information on care services in your area, contact Home Care Assistance of Denton County today at 972-468-6010 and speak with a devoted Care Manager. We offer in-home services to seniors and their families, helping with a variety of tasks from meal preparation and light housekeeping to medication reminders and transportation and are available 24/7.