It may be a hard thing to admit, but if you are family member caring for an elderly relative, there may be a need to seek professional help to either relieve you of some or all of some of your responsibilities. Acknowledging that you need help is the first step to solving many types of problems and for the family providing personal homecare, it is no different.
Signs to Look For
There can be a tendency with full-time carers to focus entirely on the family member and neglect their own needs in the process. If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be time for you to reach out for assistance.
You could be:
Being woken up through the night and struggling to catch up on sleep
Ignoring your own health issues
Holding on to feelings of resentment or frustration
Having no time for yourself
The full list is pretty long, but you already start to see the pattern.
Almost Limitless Patience
When you take on the role of a carer to your spouse/relative, you may require huge amounts of patience and understanding to offer the correct level of care. Whilst this might be just a difficult task for a few days, it can be a hugely demanding one when you face it each and every day.
You have to remember that you are only human and asking for help isn’t failing. It is simply tapping into the help that is there for you. It is also the responsible route to take, as it is the one that will result in the best care being given.
Help on Offer
The assistance available is not just restricted to the field of respite care. There is a whole range of services open to help you including:
Emergency short term homecare
Private home care
Dementia and Alzheimer’s homecare
If you are finding it increasingly difficult in your role as a full-time carer, then you should consider involving professional home care services. You may find that with the extra support, that you and your loved one can lead a life that is less stressful and focussed more on enjoying each other’s company.