As older adults age, it is hard to come to terms with the feeling of loss when it comes to your independence. Sometimes you need to be willing to ask and receive help so that your daily life can continue to be fulfilling and enjoyable. By bringing a caregiver into your life, you won’t be losing your independence but will be taking proactive steps to keep your independence. A caregiver helping with daily or weekly routines will allow you to still live within your own home and continue to have independence with the support a caregiver can provide.
Sometimes the signs are obvious when you or a family member need a caregiver. There are times, though, when you might miss the clues that you or a family member need help. Below are some common concerns that you or a family member should keep an eye out for.
If you or your family member start to notice any of these signs then it is time to discuss finding someone to help.
Once you and your family have come to the realization that help is needed with daily or weekly tasks, you all need to decide between having a family member or a hired caregiver to come in and offer support. This choice may be a hard one to make but understanding that help is needed is the first step in the right direction.
One of the options for finding a caregiver would be to use someone in your family to help. This type of caregiver might be a faster way to acquire the help you need because you already know them. But, having a family member take care of you can impact their emotional, financial and physical health. It is a decision that needs to be thought through for you and the family member’s relationship.
Hiring a caregiver might seem like a bigger process to undertake, but can have great benefits in relieving stress on the family. Hiring a caregiver can offer a breath of fresh air because they will have more energy to provide care for you since it is their only job. Hiring a caregiver will offer a lot of different options for in-home support, but you will still need to make sure to have a support system while going through the process.
No matter the decision you and your family make, you all will need to be there to support one another through the transition. Make sure to have open communication with everyone involved so that no one is left out of the decision making process. Supporting each other through this transition will allow everyone to feel like the best decision is being made. Figuring out the right type of caregiver together will allow for the continued independence of you or your family member and better health longevity.