Some of us come into caregiving due to a loved one falling ill, but caregiving is never an obligation. Everyone has options. Although some of those options may not seem like the best option, when you look at them. Let’s have a look at some of the options families have for their loved ones.
Nursing Home: Not all nursing homes are the same, you have good ones and bad ones. But good or bad they are an option to be considered. The staff will be there 24/7 to assist your loved one as needed with a doctor on stand-by. There is always a nurse on duty. You can visit when you have time or feel you need to. Nursing Homes takes the stress off from the family and allows the family to give up the control or everyday decision making.
Hire In-Home Help: Just like anything else you have good home care and bad home care. With home care they can be there to give you a break while you go out for a bit or your hired help can be there 24/7 to help with everything and anything that is agreed upon. You are still in complete control, you just have extra help.
Stepping Back: All choices are hard ones. Sometimes you need to do what is best for you, and your mental health. You can choose to close the door on your loved one and choose to remember them they way they were. There are people who work for the state and will step in if they know they need too. Only you can decide if this is the right option for you.
Doing it Yourself: This can be the hardest of all choices. You took the leap and are going to do all the care yourself. Adding more to your plate as a retiree or stay at home parent or it may mean taking a leave of absence at your job. Either way there will be major changes in your life and for those close to you.
No matter which option is right for you it takes a special person to take a deep breath and step in and make the hard choices. Each option should be considered carefully. Take time to have discussion with your family and/or friends, talking threw hard choices is. A single caregiver may not be able to do everything alone. The choice to be caregiver is one that everyone must make on their own. It is not an obligation, it is not a burden… Caregiving is a choice that we each must make for our self’s.
As always Private Home Care, Inc. is here to help you and your family any way that we can. Private Home Care, Inc. purpose is to help the people of Maine age in place.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog: Choosing The Right Place