Executive Care’s Guide to Beginner Caregiving
Few people knowingly take on the role of full-time family homecare provider. It usually starts with an abrupt call from a parent or family member asking for help, to which we respond with full hearts and wonderful intentions. When these calls keep coming, or a serious health issue arises, the urgency of the moment stops any thoughts of long-term planning; we hear our parents ask for help, and we rush provide it.
For some, it can takes months or years to realize they’ve become full-time caregivers. Too often, family members wake up to the fact that they’re working full-time caregiver hours only when their own careers, social lives, or mental health suffer for it.
If you anticipate caring for a parents in the future, it’s important to understand the job’s responsibilities and demands. Though every situation is different, the Executive Care franchise family has developed some general guidelines, best practices, and tips to offer clients and community members who may be dealing with cases of caregiver resentment in their lives.
Coping with Caregiver Resentment
As mentioned earlier, assuming the role of family caregiver demands some of the time and energy we would otherwise use to raise our families, advance careers, or maintain other important social relationships. Consequently, unanticipated caregiver duty can disrupt the balance in our lives, and create feelings of resentment that lead to depression, anxiety, and negative interactions with the ones we love.
If you are experiencing feelings of resentment, it’s time to take action.
- If your parents live at home alone and intend to remain there, explore at-home care options in your area. Qualified caregiving companies will offer a broad range of support services, from basic companionship to intensive 24/7 live-in assistance. These need not be your only care intervention, but can lessen the pressure on you.
- If your parents live with you, or vice versa, acquiring outside assistance is still highly recommended. Everyone needs time away from their caregiving responsibilities, if only to maintain their own health for care taking purposes. It doesn’t matter if your parents’ care needs are non medical; quality providers like the Executive Care franchise can send help to handle meal preparation, housekeeping, running errands, supervision, game nights, and much more.
- If you have acquired at-home care or moved your parent(s) to an assisted living center, take advantage of the care you’ve secured. Too many families enlist the help of qualified caregivers to rebalance their lives, only to continue running back and forth to the home out of habit and guilty obligation. While your parents would surely love to see you every day, they will understand an every-other-day arrangement, and the time apart will make the time you share more positive and precious. Don’t get caught up trying to control an uncontrollable situation, or micromanaging at-home care services, or you won’t enjoy the break for what it is.
How Do I Find Qualified Caregivers?
Ask around in your community. Take comfort knowing that thousands of people across the country are faced with the same parent care responsibilities every day, and that so many find solutions with local senior care services. Friends, family, and coworkers will be happy to offer recommendations. You can also try inquiring at the local hospital, nursing homes, or religious organizations.
The Executive Care franchise has helped thousands of families find appropriate care solutions for their loved ones and regain their work-life balance. Before you look any further, we encourage you to visit our website and learn more about the Executive Care Advantage.