What is a “boomerang family?” If you don’t know the term, it’s likely you have experienced it or will experience it at some point. It’s a newer term that describes a family where the children leave the nest and return to share a home with their parents. In family caregiving, boomerang families are extremely common.
Why is There a Growing Need for Family Care?
As people live longer, it’s becoming commonplace for retirees to find themselves caring for an aging parent. The senior in your life may need help remembering to take daily medications. They may not be able to cook a meal. Rides to local businesses and help paying bills are other activities that challenge older adults.
If your parent has a chronic health condition, which is also common, you have to factor in the health issue, too. Alzheimer’s eventually leads to wandering and an inability to stand or move around. People with Alzheimer’s eventually cannot feed themselves.
Diabetes requires careful attention to diet. It also impacts circulation, so foot care is important. Other chronic conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure, and stroke can also make it hard for a senior to live independently without ever needing help.
What Makes Adults Return to Their Family Home?
So, your parents need care. Why not live in your home and drive to their house? Why become part of the growing trend of boomerang families?
Money is often a deciding factor. If family caregiving is involved, there’s often a need to reduce hours or quit a job entirely. With no income coming in, it’s often necessary to sell a house and move in with the parents that need care.
The other option is to sell the parents’ home and move them into the family caregiver’s home. With the equity from the sale, there’s money to help pay the family caregiver and for elderly care services like respite care.
Breaks Are Always Needed
Family caregivers need to remember to schedule breaks. Caring for a parent is an act of love, but it can also be mentally and physically exhausting. That’s where the services of an elderly care agency really make a difference.
Caregivers step in while you step away. Take a break to clear your head and de-stress. Take time to join friends for dinner. Go on a weekend getaway with your children. With elderly care services, all of that is possible. Call to arrange respite care.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in West Trenton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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