Posted on Jan 07, 2016
If you are caring for a family member with mental or physical health issues, it may be necessary for you to consider reducing your role as caregiver and seek in-home care. Whilst being a caregiver can have many positive benefits, there are two main reasons why you may need to seek professional assistance.
Being a caregiver can be physically and emotionally demanding. You may be so focussed on the needs of your loved one that you overlook your own health. This is a serious problem because you cannot help your loved one if you become sick or unable to cope.
As a caregiver, you are likely to have other family commitments. You may find that you no longer spend quality time with your partner and children due to your caregiving role. This will greatly affect your family and ultimately, your own mental health.
Caregivers often find themselves faced with financial difficulties due to the demands on their time. Full-time work is often not possible. In addition, the security of your financial future may be at risk due to lack of superannuation funds.
If you find yourself answering “yes” to any of these questions, it is time to consider the option of in-home care.
In most cases, your loved one’s abilities will deteriorate. This may vary from physical impairments to noticeable changes in personality. Over time, it may become evident that you cannot perform all the duties necessary to care for your loved one adequately.
If your loved one develops mobility issues, you may be faced with doing all the household chores, including shopping and gardening. Apart from the physical effort needed, you may not have time if you also have a spouse and children.
Perhaps the most difficult change of all is watching a loved one lose their mental capabilities. Occasional forgetfulness can develop into a situation where your loved one constantly leaves the oven on and doesn’t take medication correctly. In addition, your loved one may become angry easily or even violent due to his or her condition. Emotionally, you may no longer have the capacity to monitor your loved one 24/7.
In-home care could provide the expertise and relief you need if you answer “yes” to the following questions.
It is important to recognise that hiring an in-home care service does not reflect a failure on your part. In fact, it means that you are accessing people who are specifically trained to take care of your loved one’s needs. In-home carers also provide companionship for your loved one. This is very important, especially in the case where physical and mental difficulties have curtailed his or her social life.
The Australian government is highly supportive of in-home care programmes. You can find more information here. Senior Helpers is also here to help with a range of home care services we customise to your family's needs.
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