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Things to Consider When Caring for Elderly Family

If you have decided to take on the role of a carer to an elderly parent who’s losing their independence, you have taken on a big job and it’s one of the most unpaid, thankless jobs you’ll ever have. A relative who needs extra care is always going to be grateful for the care that you give them, but they don’t know to be grateful until it’s too late.

It’s a sad reality, but care at home can be harrowing for a family member because you’re watching somebody that you have respected and loved for a very long time slip away from you. It’s a big decision to decide to be a family carer and here are some things to consider when you decide to go for it.

  • Impact to your family. When you decide to care for another family member, you have to consider how it impacts your direct family. If you have a partner or children, you need to know how caring for a family member is going to impact them, and you have to be prepared for that to be the case. You might start looking into Dementia Care at Ashberry Care Homes or a home helper to help you so that you’re not by yourself doing it, but you still need to consider how your children could be impacted by your time away.
  • The changes you need to make in your home. If your relative is coming to live with you, then there is every chance that there are some changes that you need to make in your home to make them feel more comfortable. Your parents could be suffering from conditions such as dementia, which means that you need to make sure that your home is safe for them to be in. If they have any mobility issues, you might need to widen door frames or include ramps. Either way you have to ensure that your home is as secure as possible.
  • Cost. When you take on an extra person in your house, you have to consider the cost of paying for their care, their heat, their food and everything else. You should look for extra support such as Carers Allowance payments that you could be entitled to because you are now on the role of career. This can cover some of the additional costs that you will be taken on. You still need to work to save more money in your personal budget, but this will still help you to stay on top of your expenses.
  • Consider your relationship with your parents. Your whole life, your parents have been somebody you’ve looked up to, respected, and turned to for advice. When you are caring for them in a senior capacity, they will be the people that are being cared for like a child. That means that you have to consider how that role change is going to hurt you and the rest of your family. It’s not going to be easy so we won’t sugarcoat it, but cherish these years that you have left. 
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