How to Care for More than One Elderly Parent

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Providing care for one aging loved one can be difficult. When caregivers have multiple loved ones in need of assistance, it certainly doesn’t simplify matters. Here are a few ways to provide care for more than one senior parent. 

Consider Alternative Options

Many caregivers try to do everything for their aging parents. When caring for multiple loved ones, family members usually need to delegate some of their responsibilities, which may mean hiring professional caregivers. If your parents need companionship more than medical assistance, look into local organizations that offer volunteer services for the elderly. Many churches and volunteer organizations run programs where trained individuals visit seniors. These programs provide companionship to seniors, which can be a big help when you’re busy caring for multiple loved ones. 

Caring for senior loved ones can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.

Enlist Other Family Members

Sometimes caregiving duties fall to one sibling for reasons of practicality. You may live closest to your aging parents, or perhaps you have the most flexible schedule. Placing the caregiving responsibilities on one sibling may work out when only one parent needs assistance. However, when multiple seniors require care, other family members should help out when possible. If they live nearby, your siblings can run errands and pay visits. If your siblings live far away, they can make monetary contributions and stay in regular contact with your parents via phone and video chats. 

Set Boundaries

Caring for more than one parent is a huge responsibility. When you take on the task, consider setting a few boundaries. If you feel overwhelmed, you may need to step back and ask for help. Being overwhelmed is simply a sign the task is too big for one individual to handle. Establish your boundaries, ranging from what you’re willing to contribute financially to how many hours you can devote to caregiving every week. Reach out to your support system if those boundaries are being violated. 

Recognize Differing Needs 

When people provide care for multiple loved ones, it’s easy to take a one-size-fits-all approach to caregiving. However, it’s important to recognize your parents’ specific needs and assist them accordingly. For example, one parent may need daily assistance with grooming and dressing, while the other simply needs someone to talk to. If you decide to help them both dress to save time, the second senior may feel his or her independence is being taken away. To provide multiple seniors with optimal care, understand that individuals have varying needs. 

Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing serious illnesses and require more extensive live-in care. Vancouver seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve. 

Plan Ahead 

Planning is essential when caring for more than one senior. When you embark on the caregiving journey, plan for every step of the process, from how to fund medical treatments to what to do in the event of an emergency. Once you’ve developed a detailed course of action, concentrate on spending more time with your loved ones.

Providing care to senior family members can be a difficult task, especially if it’s managed alone. If you’re the primary family caregiver for elderly loved ones and need additional assistance providing high-quality senior home care, Vancouver Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age. We will work with you to create a customized home care plan that’s suited for your loved ones’ unique needs. Call the Home Care Assistance team at (778) 279-3634 today.

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