It really is no secret that people age. We all do. It is the circle of life. If your older parent is starting to experience some serious chronic illnesses or is experiencing a decline in their cognitive and physical abilities, there is no reason for them to miss out on their golden years. Right now, you may be considering moving your loved one to an assisted living facility or nursing home, but that is not the only solution available to your loved one at the moment.
In Portland, OR, Comfort Keepers provides quality at home care for seniors from all walks of life. The fact is that as many as 80%, that's eight out of ten seniors, say they do not want to move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. They would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home as they age, despite challenges they may be facing as a result of their age.
After speaking to their loved ones about their concerns, and finding out that their loved one does not wish to move to a nursing home or assisted living facility, many family members - usually the older adult's children - decide to care for them on their own. Although this is a noble effort, it is a huge project that not many people have the time, energy and resources to undertake. Almost all of us are knee deep in jobs, children, and responsibilities and taking on another major responsibility, like caring for an older parent, more often than not proves to be simply too much.
Many family caregivers, in fact, become ill or burn out as a result. That is why many turn to at home care to find a safe and healthy solution for their loved one.
We know that your loved one needs you and that you would prefer to be the one caring for them, but it is not shameful to admit that you will not be able to. Your loved one will understand. They know you have their best interest at heart. Also, they would not want you to give up your own life and happiness for them. No parent wants that.
Keep in mind, at home care professionals may also simply be more qualified than you to care for your parent. To find out more about professional caregiving in Portland, OR, please give us a call today.