Finding out that you’re aging loved one has Parkinson’s disease is a life-changing moment in your caregiver journey. Suddenly you know that plans that you had for your future caring for them are unlikely to be fulfilled, and you start thinking about all of the challenges that your parent will face as they progress through this disease. This can lead to you experiencing a range of difficult emotions that, if unaddressed, can become worse and lead to potentially serious consequences. It is important to not only recognize the emotions that you might experience, but also find constructive ways to cope with them so that your health and well-being, as well as the quality of care that you give your parent, are not compromised.
Some of the emotions that you might experience when you are a caregiver for your elderly parent as they deal with Parkinson’s disease include:
-Anxiety about what they will go through and your ability to handle those needs effectively.
-Sadness and even depression about the challenges and struggles that your senior will face during this progression.
-Bitterness and resentment about being pushed into a caregiver role that you did not want or that are more intensive than you expected it to be. This can be particularly pressing if you have siblings who do not provide enough help for these care needs.
-Guilt for not doing as much as you think that you should, not spending time with your parent when they were healthier, or not doing things together that you had always planned that you would do.
-Stress over feeling overwhelmed and not being able to do as much as you think that you should or that you want to.
-Discomfort about some of the care tasks that you might need to fulfill your parent’s challenges and needs an increase.
Starting senior care for your aging parents can be one of the best decisions that you make for them during their later years. And in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they have continued access to the level of care, support, and assistance that is right for them. Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider will help your parent address their individual challenges, needs, and limitations. They will also help your parent to pursue a lifestyle that is an active, engaged, and independent as possible as they age in place. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your parents will be able to live their highest quality of life while also staying happy, healthy, and comfortable.
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