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The increasing needs of an aging family and the need for a caregiver
Aging can be hard on a family. The past decade has seen a steady increase in the growth of the aging population. According to WHO, the senior population is going to outnumber the younger population. And will reach nearly 1.5 billion by the year 2050. This is quite a huge number when it comes to keeping our loved ones in good health and spirit. With a steady rise in the elderly population, sometimes it seems we are not ready to take good care of them. This is primarily because we fail to see the increasing demands of the aging body. And also the many challenges that come with it.
Furthermore, there has also been a drastic change in the cause of death. Which has led to an increase in the longevity of the human population. This is a very important issue, as a result, we are discussing this in detail. It has a strong relation to the kind of mental and physical preparations we would need to make, to take care of our aging parents and relatives. For example, now there are fewer deaths due to communicable diseases. The more rampant is now chronic diseases, due to say improper lifestyle or other issues.
Aging is an inevitable part of life, and all of us will age. There would be many challenges that your parents might have to face, owing to their advancing age. Our loved ones may not always be ready to face this. And would have to face the agony of growing frail and gradual loss of ability to function independently. Parents are often left to fend for themselves, once the children leave them for better education or job opportunities. Initially, the visits may be quite often, but as time progresses, the visits may become less frequent. Dealing with an aging loved one day out and being careful not to stop their independence any further can cause strain on you, as the family caregiver.
Signs that your aging parents need help
Aging health issues may often catch your loved ones off guard. Giving you very little time to comprehend and take action. Therefore, it is always better to be careful about the various signs and take action sooner rather than later. Here are some of the following signs that would tell you that something is amiss with your parent’s health.
- You would find the house is not as clean as it was when you had last visited them.
- Newspapers remain unread, unopened for days together.
- The house has an unpleasant odor
- The hallway needs maintenance.
- Expired groceries that are not thrown.
- Unused medications – implying that your parents are forgetting to take them regularly.
- Poor dietary habits, untimely meals.
- Weight loss or weight gain.
- Unexplained bruising or injuries.
- Tousled clothing, poor personal hygiene.
If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms. Then it indicates, that your loved one now needs 24×7 care and support. Let us face the fact that, it may not always be possible for you to be with them round the clock. you need to consider hiring help, who would be there with your parents or help you. If you are looking for some reliable sources for hiring a caregiver. Where you can be stress-free and confident considering my caregiving resources. To know more about me and my services, please check out my resource page or schedule a call with me.
Why do I need to hire help for your aging loved ones?
A caregiver is someone who provides care to people, who are either not well, or not capable of taking care of themselves. Furthermore, most of you are busy entrepreneurs, executives, students or have a family of your own. Which may make it difficult for you to take care of your loved ones 24×7. In addition, with advancing age, there is a marked change in the individual’s physical as well as mental health. Also, many of you may not live close to your loved ones’ home, making it all the more difficult for you to take care of them. In such cases, hiring a caregiver is always the best idea. If these reasons are not enough for you to hire a caregiver. And you would want to know what more can a caregiver provide you, then the following pointers can really be of some help to you.
- A caregiver would not only help your elderly parents carry out their daily activities. But would also support them, take care of them in case of emergencies. And take them for their regular appointments.
- A trained caregiver would also help your elderly with their daily exercises. And would motivate them as well as help them to stay physically active.
- They would take them out in the park, spend time with them, and keep them engaged in some of the other activities.
Overseeing this can cause you to worry because you can’t be in 2 places at one time: taking care of your business and taking care of your loved one. Look into hiring some help. This will give you the opportunity to get some rest and also make sure your loved one is properly cared for. Or maybe you want to spend more time with your loved one while taking a break from some of the extra business tasks like sending out emails, returning calls, or organizing files. Let’s chat about how I can be of service to you so you can take care of your business and your loved one.
Can I become the caregiver for my aging loved ones?
Yes, you certainly can, provided you are not pre-occupied with an endless list of tasks. Before, you choose to care for your parents, first you need to stop and ask yourself a few questions:
- Will you be available 24×7 for your parents.
- Do you have a family of your own, and in that case, would it be ok with your partner and children, if you give the maximum time to your aging parents.
- Do you know or are willing to learn about the basic ways to care for the aged?
- Are you physically fit and would you be able to perform all the tasks required to care for an elderly one?
Please remember, all of us want the best for our loved ones and we always want them to be safe and healthy. And, if you are not in a position to provide the best of care, then you are not being selfish or heartless. It is absolutely ok if you cannot provide care to your aging loved ones. It is ok if you want to outsource the task of caregiving to someone else. Do remember, if you wish to provide the best of care for your parents, for that, first you need to be fit; both physically as well as mentally. If you are physically there for your parents but are constantly thinking about work or family. I have written several ebooks to help you learn how to care for your loved ones.
Therefore, to safeguard the interests of both aging parents and children, it is always best to consider hiring help. Also to taking care of your parents, I can also help you with many miscellaneous tasks. They can be sending emails, to fix other business problems, keeping your things organized, etc. To know how more can I be of help to you, please click the following link – https://theultimatecaregivingexpert.com/work-with-me/
Come, let us join hands to provide the best of care to your aging parents and have a joyous and safe Thanksgiving!!