Senior Care Promises: Advice for Colorado Caregivers
We work with many adult children who have an aging loved one in Colorado in need of some type of senior care. They may have experienced a fall at home or been diagnosed with a chronic illness that needs monitoring. When senior safety becomes an issue, adult children may have no other choice than to consider a senior living community.
This is especially true if their loved one lives with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. For families and their senior loved one, these can be an emotional time. Many adult children have made promises to their parents that they will never make them move to a senior living community. Now in order to keep them safe they have to break that promise.
How do you manage the difficult emotions of the senior care journey?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Try to take time now to educate yourself on each type of senior care. It will help you understand your options as your loved one’s needs change. Feeling prepared can give you confidence that you are making informed decisions.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Caregiving is a difficult role, especially when you have a career and family to manage on top of it. Know that complicated family dynamics may heat up as you try to find solutions and do what is best for your parent. Try to take care of yourself during this emotional transition. Eat a well-balanced diet. Try to take a daily walk or practice 15 minutes of yoga or Pilates.
- Consider employing a care manager who knows the senior care options in your loved one’s local community. That will help you not only understand the types of care that are available, but will also give you the benefit of a professional’s insight about what the best care partners in the area are.
- Find a support group to join. It will help you to have a network of peers who are on this same journey with an aging loved one to discuss your fears and concerns with on a regular basis. You can find an in-person meeting by contacting the local agency on aging or join one online.
Have you experienced the senior care decision with a loved one?
Do you have any advice to offer families?
From personal care needs and case management to guardianship concerns, Seniors in Transition provides consulting services to help families turn frustrating health care problems into quality, affordable solutions. Seniors in Transition is here to help families in the Fort Collins, CO and Loveland, CO areas. Visit our website at www.seniorsintrans.com or call 970.204.6977 today.