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Knowing When Care for an Aging Loved One is Beyond Your Ability

By Jeff Hill, 8:00 am on May 23, 2014

It is natural to want to take care of those who have taken care of us; those who have nurtured us, fed us, loved us and provided so many things to bring us to adulthood. While we want to show our gratitude and respect for our deserving elders by providing care for them in their time of need, this is not always possible. The decision to provide long-term home care in Phoenix to a loved one needs to be based on facts rather than emotions. It is important to determine what is best not only for your aging loved one but for you, and those in your household who depend on you.

Determine the Level of Care Based on Needs

When you are considering care for an aging parent or loved one, it is imperative to take stock of what they truly need. Do they need help with household chores, running errands and transportation? Do they need help with medication management, bathing and other personal care activities? While some seniors may only need minimal assistance, others may need around the monitoring for fall recovery, an advanced illness, or specialty Phoenix dementia care. Determining current needs and possible future needs is probably the most important factor when you are making a care decision.

Consider the Financial Resources Available

Many of us don’t like to talk about finances; however, it is imperative that you examine the monies available for the care of your aging parent or loved one. Do they have long-term care insurance that will cover a substantial portion of care? Do they have the resources to pay for their own care? Also, are you in a position to provide for your loved one’s care financially? Even the most devoted and loving families may not be in a position to financially support their aging loved ones.

Evaluate Your Emotional Capacity

Do you have the support systems in place to be a full-time caregiver? While caregiving can be an emotional and rewarding experience, it can also be stressful and overwhelming. If you have multiple roles as a spouse, parent and employee, you may not be able to handle the stress of another full-time job. It’s important to evaluate your emotional capacity and how caregiving will impact your health. A caregiver who is not healthy will not be able to provide the optimal and necessary level of care for an aging loved one.

You must use the facts, not your emotions to confidently make a decision about your loved one’s care. Keep in mind that whatever decision you make, you should not feel guilty if you have made the decision based on love and truth. If you are looking for in-home care for your aging loved one, contact Home Care Assistance of Phoenix today. We offer hourly care in Phoenix to help support family caregivers, providing them with respite, as well as 24/7 live-in care for seniors who need around the clock monitoring but would prefer to remain in the comfort of home. For more information, schedule a complimentary in-home consultation by calling 602-388-1085.