Caring for elderly parents can be both satisfying and exhausting. Although it may feel counterintuitive, the best way to reduce stress and strain is to declare temporary independence from those who depend on you.
But that’s hard when you worry about leaving your loved one. Trying one of these options for respite care for family caregivers like you can make it easier:
Activate Your Personal Network
The closest place to turn for support for caring for elderly parents is other family members, neighbors and friends. Many wish to help but aren’t sure how. Others are afraid that caregiving will be too difficult. But removing even a small task from your to-do list makes a big difference. So create a list of things you could use some help with and categorize them so others can find an option they’re comfortable with. Include easy items like short visits and meal preparation, plus slightly more involved tasks like rides to medical appointments or overseeing medications, etc.
Capitalize on Technology
Medical alert devices, like Lifeline solutions, give you the confidence to leave your loved ones without guilt and worry. This technology provides immediate access to trained emergency response associates at the press of a button when a health or other emergency arises. AutoAlert fall detection technology sends an alert when a fall is detected1, even if your family member is unable to. And Lifeline’s On the Go solution uses mobile location technologies to help pinpoint your senior’s location*.
Take Advantage of Group Resources
Adult daycare and senior centers are other options, especially if you need regular or daylong respites. These settings enlarge your relative’s social group, which is a great way to avoid loneliness. This is an especially good choice for loved ones who have cognitive issues, hearing or visual impairment, or who require medication on a specific schedule. Read more about how adult daycare benefits you and your family member.
Secure Professional Home Care
While home care requires a financial commitment, it may be the most flexible and reliable option. Professional support from trained, licensed and insured professional caregivers eases is crucial for seniors requiring wound care, rehabbing from a hospital discharge or multiple chronic illnesses. New technologies enable a blend of in-home and remote care options.
Use these tips to declare your independence from caregiver burnout and stress and reduce your own feelings of isolation and loneliness.
1 AutoAlert does not detect 100% of falls. If able, users should always push their button when they need help. Button signal range may vary due to differing environmental factors.
*With On the Go, coverage outside the home is provided where AT&T wireless network coverage is available.