Seeking outside care for Parkinson’s Disease is not easy. When that time comes, it is often because a loved one needs more care than their family can provide. Parkinson’s Disease progresses differently in each person so the level of assistance they need will vary. Here is what families need to know about when to seek outside care for a loved one.
Caring for a loved one at home is the ideal situation for most families. But helping loved ones move or perform activities of daily living and take care of daily responsibilities at the same time is a lot to take on at once. Not being able to balance caregiving and other obligations may lead to guilt. Feelings of inadequacies can also come up if the care needs require skills that you don’t have. Everyone has limits in terms of what they can and can’t do. Reaching these limits can indicate that your family needs to look at other care options.
Taking Time For Yourself
It takes a lot of time and energy to care for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease. Some caregivers will feel like they have more things to do than hours in the day. One way to combat this is to write everything that has to be done. This allows you to find time for yourself. If the to-do list still seems endless, hiring an outside caregiver to help with care and related tasks is another way to make sure you have time for yourself.
Plan for Help
Parkinson’s Disease is unpredictable in terms of what it demands of caregivers daily. Hiring a caregiver seems daunting. Planning for care by scheduling a day or two each week. Starting slow allows you and your loved one to get used to new care providers and offer a place to turn when the need for care increases over time.
There is support available for families who are dealing with Parkinson’s Disease in Orange County and Newport Beach, CA. Optimal Senior Care Solutions offers personal care with ADL assistance to clients from trained and experienced caregivers. To learn more about our care solutions, reach out to us today!