If you were lucky, your parents took care of you when you needed them most, and the care they gave didn’t just end when your childhood did. Even through adulthood, you could always count on Mom and Dad for loving care, support, and guidance.
Now here you are, facing the life-altering reality that the roles have changed. Your parents, who you once relied on for…everything, now must rely on you to take care of them. Perhaps it happened gradually over time and you were eased into the role, or perhaps the transition happened suddenly after an accident or illness and you were thrown in. Either way, the role of caregiver is now yours. This realization can be intimidating and scary, but, with a little planning, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming.
Caregivers Need Support Too
The first step is to simply acknowledge your feelings. Becoming a caregiver can bring up a variety of feelings such as sadness for your parent’s declining health, fear and uncertainty of whether you’re doing a good job and doing everything you can as caregiver, as well as grief over the loss of the parent/child relationship as you’ve always known it. These feelings, though natural, are sometimes a struggle to deal with effectively. Luckily there are caregiver support groups to help with tips and ideas for processing these emotions and working through them. By joining the right caregiver support group, you not only will have the opportunity to ask questions about the best ways to handle daily challenges, but you’ll also meet people in the same or similar situation ready to share what they’ve learned from their own experiences. You can find a variety of online and in-person support groups, such as the caregiver support groups offered by Community VNA in Mansfield, Norwood and Taunton, as well as the Alzheimer’s & Dementia, and Parkinson’s support groups in Attleboro.
The next step is knowing that it’s okay to ask for help. Being a caregiver doesn’t have to be a solo experience. Even if you don’t have a circle of family and friends close by that you can turn to, you don’t have to do it alone. There are many local services that can help; services like adult day health care, home health care, and private care. For over 100 years, Community VNA has been offering all of these and more.
Caregiver Support in Massachusetts
Community VNA Adult Day Health Centers, located in Mansfield, Norwood, and Taunton, provide quality medical care, support services and socializing activities in a safe, comfortable, nurturing community setting. Health services, individualized services, and supportive services are provided by compassionate professional staff.
Community VNA Home Care can help patients with a wide variety of health concerns in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Registered nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, medical social workers and home care aides are readily available and dedicated to giving each patient the very best care.
The Private Care services offered by Community VNA are designed to provide the one-to-one assistance that makes the critical difference in helping people remain independent in their own home, assisted living residence, rehabilitation center, extended care center. Private Care also offers a full menu of supportive services, such as housekeeping, companionship, laundry and ironing, meal preparation, care management, arranging and accompanying to appointments… the list goes on. Community VNA Private Care also provides respite to caregivers, because being a caregiver should not come at the expense of neglecting your own personal needs and feelings. Respite services can help you carve out time for yourself and help create a balance between caregiving and self-care giving. Any of these services can be provided for as little as two and up to twenty- four hours per day.
How Caregivers Can Get Support
Taking advantage of any of these services can help you do for your parents what they’ve always done for you: provide the best care possible. Accepting help is the best way to ensure you’re up to the task.
Becoming a caregiver to a parent is a monumental change, but it doesn’t have to be a negative one. By taking care of yourself, you best equip yourself to take care of your loved one and to make the transition from adult child to caregiver as smooth as possible.
For additional information about any of these or other services offered by Community VNA., please click here to complete a request form, or call 508.222.0118.
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