Are you currently looking after your elderly parents at home? You're not alone.
According to the most recent figures from Carers UK, there are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. Most of these people, approximately 40% of them, care for a parent or a parent-in-law, with 4% caring for a grandparent and 7% for another relative. And while younger carers tend to look after someone living in their household, those aged 45 and 64 are much more likely to be caring for someone living elsewhere.
Since you started caring for your parents you may feel like you don't have as much independence and time to focus on your own life. That's a common feeling amongst people who care for their elderly parents.
You may also be feeling:
Like you are balancing between care for your parents, you work life and the needs of your own children
Like your own health and wellbeing is ignored
A sense of uncertainty in looking after a parent with a condition like dementia or Alzheimer's
Feelings of sadness, loneliness, and frustration
Often times a caregiver can use up their energy when looking after their elderly family and not giving enough attention to their own self care and wellbeing. This isn't great news for either you or the person/s you are looking after! Which is why it's very important to ensure you are taking the time to look after yourself and taking regular breaks in order to be able to continue looking after your elderly parent.
Here are our suggestions to help you avoid overwhelm and exhaustion, and to be able to carry on living your life independently so you are not compromising on your health or mood.
Take a Break
Many caregivers feel like they can't take a break from caring for their relative, but you must remember that your body and your mind needs to recharge - you can't pour from an empty cup. We're talking simple daily breaks like a walk on your own in the countryside, go to the gym or a fitness class, meet with friends for coffee or lunch, or even a long weekend away. We can help you find a short term live-in carer who can live with your parents and provide care, companionship, and housekeeping whilst you're away. We can also arrange live-in carers who can care for more complex needs and conditions like dementia, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's and many more.
Easier said than done - trust us, we know. Being a caregiver and looking after your elderly relatives as well as living your own life can have an impact on your mindset - we encourage you to talk about situations with your friends/family who understand. You can also talk to your GP if you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, and they may suggest ways you can minimise stress in your situation.
As a caregiver, it's important to remember that you are not a professional and it's normal to be unsure of how to deal with situations - and that it's also normal to look for a helping hand by arranging homecare for your parents. We talk to caregivers who want peace of mind for their whole family and help them to arrange the perfect carer to live with their parents in the comfort of their own home and familiar surroundings. In our eyes, it's the perfect alternative to a residential care home.
We Are Here To Help
If after reading this blog post you want to have a no-obligation chat with one of our live-in care specialists and see if live-in care could be an option for your family, we're here to help. Our friendly team are available to reach on 0800 980 3958 (freephone) or you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org