Many caregivers believe that moving their aging adults into their homes will have the side effect of freeing up a lot of their time. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case unless you’re also willing to look at other solutions, such as hiring home care providers to help out.
How Much Care Does Your Senior Need?
If you don’t already know how much care your aging adult is going to require, it’s vital to lock that information down as closely as you can. This is especially true if you’re going to be away quite a bit due to other obligations. Your senior may need more of your time once she’s in your home than you realize. That can get tricky when it comes to managing your schedule.
What Else Are You Juggling?
Speaking of your other obligations, just how much are you juggling besides being a caregiver to your aging adult? Depending on the scope of your other obligations, you may be in a situation in which you’re feeling stretched to your limits. Moving your senior into your own home often seems as if it will serve as the solution to that problem, but that may not give you the margin you’re seeking.
Will You Have the Space and Time You Need to Accomplish Tasks?
There’s a lot more to caregiving than simply taking care of your aging adult and her needs. There may also be housework, paperwork, and other ancillary activities that help both you and your aging adult. Without the time and the space to handle these activities the best way that you can, it may be extremely difficult to manage them in the ways that you have managed them in the past.
Will You Have Time for Yourself?
You may think that this is unimportant, but part of making this decision is likely an effort to free up some of your time for personal pursuits. If you’re not able to take any time for yourself, you’ll need to look at ways to free up some more time. This can mean that you need to explore delegating more tasks or finding other ways to redistribute your time more effectively.
The only way to know for certain how this situation will impact both you and your senior is for you to give it a try. But it’s extremely helpful to give this as thorough an exploration as possible before uprooting your aging adult. There’s a lot to think about.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Princeton Junction, 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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