Best Senior Home Care Asks: Is Balance Possible When Caring for Both Kids and Senior Parents?

Home Care NeedsIf you are one of the 42 million American women filling the role of caretaker for children and senior parents, you are likely forced to make some difficult decisions on a regular basis about the priorities of one or the other. And where do the things you need fall in this spectrum? Have you even thought about what it is you need?

You are not alone. Although caregiving often feels like it is a one-person show, it does not need to be. You, as the caregiver, deserve support, and assistance is out there. Step one is recognizing that there are solutions. Step two is becoming educated on ways to make the situation more manageable. Here are a few tips to help:

Hold a family meeting

  • Discuss the many different caregiving tasks that need to be accomplished each day or week.
  • Set mutual expectations of how the many tasks of caregiving will be accomplished.

Get the facts and avoid surprises

  • Caregivers should talk to their parents about how they’re doing financially and what plans they’ve made if they become ill or incapacitated.

Ask for assistance

  • Call resources such as the local Area Agency on Aging, a hospital social worker, a physician, or a church.
  • Call for in-home care help from a local agency such as Best Senior Home Care.

Don’t go it alone. Get relief by scheduling some caregiving assistance from Best Senior Home Care. We have trained and experienced caregivers and can help you start fixing the problems related to a life out of balance due to multiple care responsibilities.

Let us give you time to balance your life and be present for the roles you fill outside of being a caregiver. We provide home care services to Queens, Fresh Meadows, Whitestone, Forest Hills, Little Neck, Auburndale, Queens Village, Bellerose, Manhattan and the surrounding areas. For more information, please call us at (718) 224-0905. Let our experience and our top rated senior care services help you and your loved ones today.

About Kevin Meaney

At 85 my dad lived on his own in Florida for nine months of the year, enjoying the warm weather and playing golf several times a week with friends.
Then one day while taking a walk alone, he suddenly got a little light-headed and fell, resulting in a serious head injury and a four week stay in the hospital and rehab.

Suddenly everything changed.
My dad’s condition after the accident made it clear he could no longer live independently, and after some deliberation my wife and I decided to have him come and live with us in New York.

We were both still working at the time, but I had a home office, and so I became my dad’s primary caregiver/companion during the day. Although my dad was easy going and a low-maintenance guy, he did need some help with washing and dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, trips to the doctor, and socialization. Always a very outgoing guy, I noticed now that without some encouragement/nudging, he would be content to stay home and watch TV all day.

This experience led me to start Best Senior Home Care.
It helped me really appreciate just how challenging and stressful it can be to care for an aging parent at home. This despite the fact I was lucky enough to have a spouse and grown children at home to help, and many siblings nearby only too happy to assist whenever needed.

Clearly not all families are this fortunate! At Best Senior Home Care, our mission is a simple one – help families in need to find reliable, compassionate caregivers to be there for your loved ones when you can’t be there. Over the last five years we have helped many families in the area with in-home care for an aging parent or other relative. Google Verified Author