Caring for the Caregivers
We love our parents. They cared for us from childhood to adulthood, now we are responsible to care for them as they continue to age. For many children caring for their aging parent, it’s a labor of love, while others it may not come so naturally, where more focus is placed on the labor and less on the love. Spending more of your precious time caring for your senior parent, may leave you with less time with your favorite hobbies, time for vacations, having to say NO to friends, being more exhausted and distracted at work or possibly becoming more stressed at home with your spouse and children. It is a difficult time and can be a life-changing experience for everyone involved.
Over time, juggling your caregiving and your career along with helping your children, grandchildren and managing a household, may very well increase your risk for depression and chronic illness showing a decline in your overall quality of life. Many employers may not be as family friendly in the past but now you may look into the Paid Family Leave act that came about in 2017 to help with the financial side of things if you are missing too much work.
In addition to the health risks listed above, you may also neglect basic good health habits if you are like most loving caregivers. You may lose sleep, eat poorly, skip regular exercise, keep going even when you are not feeling well or cancel your own doctor’s appointments so you don’t miss even more work. If you’re a caregiver who neglects your own health, you’re more likely to suffer from chronic conditions such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Caregiving can also take a toll on your mental health. There have been recent statistics showing an estimated 46 percent to 59 percent of caregivers suffering from clinical depression.
Ask yourself, “What good will I be to the person I care for if I become ill?”
Almost all of our 24/7 clients have come to Tender Loving Family Care (TLFC) with the same stories, issues, and concerns. They usually have waited far too long to call the professionals in hopes they can make a difference. At TLFC we not only can come in and give you back some balance to your lives, but we have the professionals who will make sure your loved one is taken care of and most importantly safe at home or wherever home is to them.
Tender Loving Family Care also has 2 Family Type Homes where you can safely leave your loved ones if you have a need to go out of town for a well-deserved vacation or family event, such as a wedding, graduation, etc. Please Call us at 585-637-0333 to learn more about our services or our Family Type homes for respite or longer-term arrangements.