Caregiver Stress in Norwalk CT
You’ve been taking care of your father for some time. You never thought about being a family caregiver, but that’s exactly what you are. This job is creating a lot of stress and anxiety in your life, but you don’t want to talk about it with him because you know he’d feel guilty and tell you to stop bothering with him.
You want him to be safe. You want to be comfortable. You’ve tried to discourage him from doing certain things around the house because you worry about his safety, but he continues to do some of them, anyway.
You’ve done your best to provide care support for him, even though you’ve never considered a home care aide. Now, though, you are planning to travel for the holiday season and that’s going to complicate things.
He’s not going with you.
He’s going to remain home. You tried to convince him to go with you, but he doesn’t like the idea of sitting in a car that long or getting on a plane. Besides, he says, he has friends in the area who might be able to stop by and visit for a while.
If you don’t consider proper care for him while you’re gone, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to not only help him stay safe, but maintain a high quality of life. Here are three ways that your travel plans might just complicate the care you offer him.
- He still may need support.
You know just how much support and care he needs. However, how is he going to get that if you don’t make alternative plans? You can hire a home care aide from an agency for just one or two weeks, if that’s all you need.
That might be exactly what’s necessary to make sure he stays safe and comfortable at home.
- Stress and anxiety will be evident.
Your father may not be stressed and anxious when you go away, but you certainly will be. You’ll keep calling and checking in on him. Your thoughts will be wondering back to him, wondering if he was okay. How can you relax and enjoy your trip if you’re constantly under stress and anxiety?
- If he decides to travel with you, extra stops will be necessary.
As people get older, it becomes more difficult for them to sit in the same position for very long. Your father may have a weak bladder. As such, you’ll need to prepare and plan ahead for extra stops along the way.
It’s always best to consider professional home care support services when you have travel plans for the holiday season.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk, CT, please contact the caring staff at Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County today at 203-629-5029
Established Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County with wife Marian in 2001. We were the 61st of what now numbers over 750 offices nationally. The genesis was our experience with the care of seven elderly relatives, along with the need to provide more options to seniors who want to remain in their own homes but are challenged without safe, reliable services. With over 15 years in the home care industry, our office was at the forefront of this emerging industry and helped develop consumer awareness of this alternative to caring for the elderly and disabled.
Served as a member of National Advisory Committee, advisors to the Comfort Keepers Franchisor and past chairman of the Branding Committee. Past vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Homecare Association of America, an industry advocacy organization. The association provides industry and consumer education on issues of homecare as well as support and educational standards setting for the “employee based” homecare industry. Responsible for legislative development, worked with local and state legislators on rules and laws improving consumer and employee protection.
Host and Producer of www.TheHealthyAgingShow.com An informative talk show on issues of getting older. Also authored numerous articles on the elderly and aging related issues.
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