“Of course Mom can move in with me!”
Increasingly more family caregivers are making this noble choice each and every day, signifying the start of life style changes they can only fully understand when immersed in them. And even though the rewards of providing care for an adult parent are immeasurable, they’re not lacking a number of struggles as well.
It may seem natural to manage day-to-day tasks for a senior loved one; however, it’s not quite as intuitive as it seems on first impression. For instance, helping a loved one in the shower or bath incorrectly may cause a fall. Incorrect incontinence care can lead to skin damage and infection. Noncompliance with a prescribed dietary plan may lead to an array of health problems.
It is not surprising that in a recent report shared by AARP, “Home Alone Revisited,” a lot of family caregivers reported strain over the prospect of making an error in the care they provide. The report highlights responses from a study sent to over 2,000 family caregivers, who revealed that while they thought their care was allowing their family members to remain in the home instead of a move to an assisted living or nursing home environment, they expressed worry over their experience to accomplish the tasks needed.
Participants in the survey revealed that possibly the most emotionally stressful aspect of caregiving is incontinence care. And, approximately ¾ of family caregivers interviewed are consistently performing medical tasks in relation to pain management – tasks for which they wished they’d been given better instruction and support from the senior’s medical care team.
Heather Young, dean emerita at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis (and co-author of this report) says that, “Too often (family caregivers) are unprepared and do not get the support they need to assume these important roles.”
Asking for support and training in unfamiliar tasks is crucial for family caregivers. Families who partner with a knowledgeable in-home care provider, like Atlanta Home Care Partners, can reduce the trepidation and uncertainty in managing care at home effectively. Our caregivers are fully trained in the many complexities of aging care and can provide home care services Decatur and the surrounding communities need with necessary assistance and education. We also offer safe, reliable respite care services that enable family caregivers to step back from their care responsibilities while knowing their elder loved one will be safe and well cared for.