Eventually you’re going to find that your senior’s needs are changing. In the past, she may have only needed a little bit of help, but at some point she’s going to need help during the day and at night. You can’t be there for every instance, so what can you do? Planning ahead a little bit gives you a chance to answer that question.
Random Unexpected Events Crop up First.
Everything might be going along swimmingly, but suddenly you notice that emergencies or unexpected situations are cropping up more and more often. These events may cause you to need to rearrange your schedule or scramble to figure out how to best help your elderly family member. These unexpected events are usually something you can handle, but they’re not something you want to deal with every day.
Your Senior’s Health May Change.
Your elderly family member’s health is going to change. If she has chronic health issues, they are likely to get worse over time. Illnesses like COPD don’t have a cure and get progressively worse. What that means for you is that your senior is going to need your help more often and in different ways than she needed your help before.
She May Need Help More Overnight.
Some aging family members find that they can manage during the day, but the overnight hours are a different story. Your senior may develop insomnia or she might have trouble with mobility. Mobility issues can make getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night a challenge, leading her to ask you for help. But how long can you keep going on very little sleep? You’re going to need to be aware of your own limitations and needs.
What Solutions Can You Tap Into?
As much as you might want to be there for every single situation in which your elderly family member needs your help, you’re human and you need rest. You also have other responsibilities that demand your time and energy. Hiring elderly care providers gives you the opportunity to make sure that your senior has help when she needs it, but that you’re also not running yourself down.
How you handle the changing demands of your senior’s situation is going to matter for you and for her. You may be able to soldier through for a time, but you’re going to need some extra assistance. Acknowledging that and making space for that help matters a great deal.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Lodi, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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