Is Your Parent Counting on You to Provide Care in the Future?

The National Alliance for Caregiving reports that more than 34 million people in the U.S. care for someone over the age of 50. Almost 16 million of those people are caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Senior Care in Toronto: Long Term Senior Care

Senior Care in Toronto: Long Term Senior Care

 

The AARP did a study on senior citizen’s thoughts on aging. In that study, about 60 percent said family members are the biggest form of support.

It’s hard to think about your parent needing help. However, there may come a time when your parent needs senior care services to help with activities of daily living. It’s also likely that they’re planning on you to provide that care. Is that a task you feel you can handle emotionally and physically?

Are You Financially Able to Provide Care?

-Long-term care costs money. It’s a leading reason many seniors opt to have family members provide the care. It eliminates the expense of paying someone upwards of $80 to $160 for eight hours of care each day.

-If you were to provide the necessary care, would you have to quit your job? If your dad has Alzheimer’s’ and needs around-the-clock supervision, can you afford to quit your job? You’d also likely need to have a senior care professional for respite care. Where would the money for a few hours each week come from?

Can You Handle All the Work You’ll Be Doing?

-Each day, you’ll probably have to remind your parent to take medications. You’ll cook meals and make sure your parent eats. You’ll also be making beds, doing laundry, cleaning surfaces, and vacuuming. You may have to clean up pet messes. You’ll likely be a supportive body while your parent takes a walk.

-At the end of a day, you’ll be tired. Your muscles may hurt. Your own home may need cleaning. You have dinner to cook. You have laundry to do for your kids or significant other. You’ll be responsible for two households if you don’t live with your mom or dad. Are you up to that challenge?


Are You Mentally Prepared?

-Caring for a parent is hard physically, but it’s just as hard emotionally. You’re seeing a parent’s health decline. There may come a point where your mom or dad needs help getting into the bath. Your parent may forget who you are. Your parent may become abusive because of a health condition. Can you handle that?

-Many families find it better for a family relationship to hire outside help. Senior care professionals can be affordable when you balance family care and home care services. Talk to a senior care agency to discover the options available to you and your parent.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Toronto, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at (905)-709-1767.

Sources:

Caregiver.org
Ncoa.org

 

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