From the time of birth, individuals are taught by and rely on their parents and caregivers to provide for basic needs and offer words of wisdom about life experiences. As time passes, the reliance placed on parents gradually decreases, and often times the reliance shifts from child needing parent to parent needing child. This shift is trying on overall quality of life and emotions. Changing from care receiver to caregiver is a tough transition, and there are many things to consider.
One of the first decisions to be made is whether or not the capability exists to care for an aging parent on one’s own. In some cases, the parents’ overall wellness is beyond the point of a daily check in, and a medical professional is needed to step in and provide extensive care. There is an app that was created to provide free referral service for everything from Home Care to financial and emergency planning in relation to elder care. A link to this app can be found at http://www.aging-parents-and-elder-care.com/ . Other information about support groups and medical supplies for seniors can be found on the website as well.
Another aspect of aging parents to contend with is the emotional strain placed on the children who are being thrust into a new role with their parents. On aplaceformom.com, a geriatric internist, Dr. Elizabeth Kiyasu, is quoted as saying, “Watching our parents lose their independence is one of the most challenging realities we face as our parents age.” Caring for children and caring for parents relate in some ways, but the way each of these generations must be spoken to and decisions made for is different entirely. The struggle of making decisions for someone who always made them for you is difficult for everyone entering the role of parent caregiver, and help on finding support groups can be found on the aging-parents-and-elder-care.com website, while a case example can be found at http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/caring-for-elderly-parents.
There are certainly other aspects to elder care, but if the decision can be made to care for a parent on one’s own or whether a medical professional is needed will determine the path necessary to move forward. After a path is decided upon, the next step is dealing with the emotional stress that is going to follow. It is important to seek help or talk to others in the same situation. Eldercare is hard. If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be support groups and sites dedicated to addressing the questions and issues that accompany it. Do not be afraid to ask for help.