If you are caring for an elderly parent or perhaps a spouse, you are not alone. There are more than 90 million senior citizens in the United States and while most are fully independent, millions do need some level of care or extra help. Often this help is performed by the adult children of the senior or perhaps the spouse. If you are a caregiver, here is some information that might prove helpful.
There are times that the senior needs only little help like doing some household chores or driving to the doctor or attending a social event. There are also seniors who need more amounts of help for the day like bathing and grooming, dressing up or even help in going to the bathroom. Some seniors need caregiver presence the full day to ensure the safety and security of the elder.
Caregivers can help in whatever kind, but it is also a fact that caring for another person can be very challenging. Caregivers are also persons and they have responsibilities, like responsibility towards their family and also work. To make things lighter, asking the assistance of others can also be big help. While many people simply cannot help every day, several family members could team up to provide care on specific days of the week. Perhaps one child could offer to run errands on Tuesday, while another brings a week’s worth of dinners on Sunday evening. There are times when hiring a part time home caregiver can help in making things lighter for everybody. This person can clean, do some cooking and transport your loved one to social occasions, doctor visits and on errands.
A big challenge often faced by caregivers is caring for an elder person who has dementia of some level. This is a situation that can become difficult in handling and can become stressful. There are times when a person with dementia is violent and can also be abusive. There are also times when even those without dementia are also difficult to handle, and this is a time when caregivers can become overwhelmed because of tasks piling up. This is a situation where joining a support group can be of help because others can give help especially if they have the same problems. Advice can be given by these people and also sympathy and they can help you from feeling lonely. Online support groups are there to help and they offer information to other caregivers.
There are times when the big load of care giving can already be too much for the family. This is specifically true when an elder in the family has physical needs and limitations or have Alzheimer’s disease or any form of dementia. This is a case where you may need options to consider. Skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes are available and they can handle elders needing full time nursing supervision. There are also those who can handle less medical supervision needed like the board and care homes and the assisted living facilities, and these are facilities who can handle elders with memory issues.
Looking for these eldercare facilities is not that easy to do, but there can be help. There is a placement service, like Care Placement that can help in looking for these eldercare facilities that perfectly fits the needs of your elders and also your budget. If you are looking for a San Diego assisted living community or an assisted living facility in Carlsbad, assisted living in Del Mar or wherever in San Diego County or Orange County, making contact with Care Placement can be the best thing to do.
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