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Compound Caregiving: How to Help Seniors When They Need It Most
For loved ones, the pressure to care for many people in various stages of their lives can be daunting. Unfortunately, when the pressure of compound caregiving becomes too much, it also impacts not only their lives but the lives of those they care for as well. When this happens, loved ones need to reach out to home care services for support.
Understanding the Impact of Compound Caregiving
Compound caregivers often feel physically exhausted, have less time to care for personal needs, work less beyond their caregiving duties, and have increased feelings of depression and loneliness. According to one study, compound caregivers reported devoting 52 hours per week on average to caring tasks. It’s no wonder the pressure takes its toll, but for many loved ones, guilt is attached to the pressure to ensure everyone they care for gets what they need.
The success of caregiving and the well-being of loved ones caring for their spouses, children, and parents depends on finding, seeking, and accepting aid. Home care benefits families and finds a balance that works for everyone while keeping the guilt at bay. It’s simply not possible for loved ones to do it all. Home care provides a supportive base when that realization hits home.
Advantages of Asking for Help
Finding friends or family willing to drop and visit loved ones might not be as simple as picking up the phone. The commitment to care for others can’t be taken lightly. This is especially true when caring for seniors, who might be challenged by multiple issues as their conditions change. It can be difficult to manage everything from transporting to medical appointments to ensuring seniors eat a well-rounded meal.
When loved ones seek help from home care, they receive peace of mind knowing the seniors in their lives are getting the focused attention they need. The tasks that home care can provide vary depending on seniors’ needs. Other advantages are listed below.
Loved ones receive a break from the pressure of having to do it all on their own.
Seniors feel valued with individualized care. Seniors receive consistent monitoring, which is impossible when loved ones are spread too thin.
Loved ones can strengthen their relationship with the seniors they care for once the pressure is released.
What Services Can Home Care Provide?
The day of the compound caretaker includes a lot of planning and organization. Home care can help by lightening the load, allowing loved ones to focus on other tasks and themselves.
Home care providers can transport seniors to medical and social appointments. They can also manage medication and ensure seniors follow their doctors’ orders. This might include a change in diet or physical activity. Home care aids can support seniors in these situations, as they help them plan meals or cook for them. Additionally, they can encourage seniors to stay active by walking with them around the block or motivating them to join fitness classes targeted at seniors.
Home care providers can also help monitor seniors’ overall health and well-being, keeping an open line of communication with loved ones when issues or concerns arise. Caring for multiple people is difficult. Loved ones should feel supported when they need assistance. Finding the right home care person for your loved one can change everyone’s life for the better.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Murfreesboro TN, please contact the caring staff at Touching Hearts at Home. Serving Middle Tennessee (Nashville, Brentwood, Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Franklin, Spring Hill, Columbia, Pulaski, and more!) Call today: 629-203-7925.
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