Your parents need help. Not just every once in awhile; it’s now a daily thing. But are you up for the job of becoming a family caregiver?
Family caregiving isn’t something you walk into willingly. In most cases, you spend little time thinking about it at all. Slowly, mom and dad need an extra set of things, and as their child, you pitch in. A little here and a little there adds up, and before you know it it’s become a part time (or full time) job.
Many seniors start declining as they age, needing another person to fully function during the day. It can start small, with just gentle reminders to get things done. And before you know it, it escalates into consistent and routine care.
As a child, we fill the role without thinking. They cared for us for many years. And they may have added in comments like, “Please don’t put me in a nursing home,” which of course adds to the guilt. But are you up for the role of your life?
The National Alliance for Caregiving states that over 65 million Americans are currently providing care for a loved one, and 36 percent of those are for an elderly parent. And as baby boomers age, those numbers will quickly rise. [Read more…]