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Providing In-Home Care in Marietta, OH
We simplify the process for you:
Virtual or In-Home Assessment
Care Plan Creation with the Client Care Coordinator
Assigned a Care Team
If you are in your thirties, forties, or fifties, welcome to the “Sandwich Generation.” We are referred to by this nickname because we often find ourselves sandwiched between our own children (and maybe grandchildren) and aging parents, both requiring our care. This balancing act often also includes a growing career, making it exceedingly difficult to feel as though we are giving all areas of our life proper attention.
This demanding position in the middle of what seems to be opposing forces does not have to unravel you, but you may need to rethink and prioritize.
Don't assume these duties should be completely separate.
One of the best things you can teach your children is the value of seniors. When appropriate, have your children assist with caregiving. For example, a teenager can provide a meal or participate in a game. Even the youngest child can sit and listen to grandma or grandpa’s stories and learn from their fascinating memories.
Be prepared to make tough choices.
Family harmony and togetherness is a noble goals, but there will be times when you will have to choose between preparing mom’s dinner for her or attending Billy’s baseball game. Having resources in place for times like this will make these situations easier to handle. Stock mom or dad’s freezer with meals they can warm up on evenings when you can’t be there, or have a family friend on call who can provide respite care. Balancing your life means that nobody feels like they are your last priority.
Determine whether you need to make changes at work.
Caregiving often results in a loss of hours and wages at work. Since the average family caregiver spends 24 hours each week in caregiving responsibilities – and that doesn’t include parenting – this should come as no surprise. Before you offer your services as a caregiver, decide what changes to your work situation can be made that are acceptable to you. Telecommuting, flex schedules, and family leave time are each possibility that may help your family.
Make decisions as a family.
When you are busy, it seems simpler to make decisions yourself. In the interest of keeping your roles balanced, hold regular family meetings and discuss any issues. This will give you points of view that you may not have considered and help everyone feel that they are an essential part of the family.
Comfort Keepers Can Help
Comfort Keepers can provide respite care which is defined as the transfer of primary caregiving responsibilities to another person, typically professional caregivers, in order for primary caregivers to receive relief from caregiving responsibilities. Trusting your loved one with someone else can be difficult, but with Comfort Keepers®, you can trust that he or she will be in capable hands. Every client receives custom care plans that aim to engage them in intellectual, physical, and emotional exercises and activities. We also provide care management for all clients- working with family, doctors, other agencies, etc. to provide a complete spectrum of care. To learn more about our uplifting in-home care and respite services, contact us today at (740) 373-7125!