No matter how well prepared you might think you are, the sudden need for senior care in your family can easily catch you off guard. Unfortunately, there’s no good way to prepare yourself for the reality that your mom or dad can no longer take care of themselves. This is going to be an emotional shock no matter how well prepared you think you might be. It doesn’t mean that there’s no point in planning ahead, though. Planning is a must if you want to do this right.
There’s a popular saying when it comes to emergency response: “the body will seldom go where the mind has not already been.” This quote is used to explain why emergency responders spend so much time practicing how to respond to fires, accidents, and other emergencies. When practice is pervasive, it influences actions when the real deal occurs.
The same holds true for caregiving. If you’ve been mentally preparing, you’re more likely to respond correctly in the real event. But no amount of practice will prep you for the emotional difficulty involved in seeing a loved one in need.
So yes, even professionals can find it a shock when someone that they love has a need for care. It is a life changing event, after all. However, by being prepared theoretically, the practical side becomes easier to manage. This isn’t something that you need to be a professional in in order to find confidence; rather, you just need to have done some homework ahead of time. Know what’s out there, and know what you need to do to help your mom or dad.
If you’re visiting our website for the first time, this blog is designed to be one of those educational resources that you can rely on. There are hundreds of other good resources out there, too. Whether you are thinking of acting as a family caregiver, or you just want to ensure that your mom has the very best professional care that you can find, the more you know and understand the field, the easier it will be when it comes time to starting care or making a change to current conditions.
Family caregivers can be successful. Caregiving can seem like a burden at times, but there are also a lot of benefits that come along with it. Having the right approach and ensuring that the basic needs are being met with more ease and focus can help you to better see the benefits and not feel the burden quite as much. Having a good support team–either in the form of professional respite caregivers or other knowledgeable family members–can also help.
If you’re not sure where to begin, let us help. Either browse through some of our relevant blogs (use the search feature), or give us a call. We can help get you pointed in the right direction. We also offer a free consultation service to those located in our service area. If you’re looking for senior care and you’re feeling overwhelmed by your options, this might be the best call you make all week.