Why Hire Professional Caregivers from Visiting Angels Denver?
Here are six reasons why families in Denver, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Arvada, Lakewood and surrounding cities in Colorado hire professional caregivers from Visiting Angels
Have you noticed that your parents are starting to have trouble with simple everyday tasks like getting dressed, making meals or driving? If so, it may be time to consider senior care. Many adult children take on the role as family caregiver when an elderly parent is starting to show age-related issues. While it is a noble and selfless responsibility, it also comes with some challenges.
You’re grateful for everything your parents have done for you over the years, and you’re happy to return the favor. But caring for an aging parent is entirely different from parenting children. Keep this in mind when your parents need support.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. Visiting Angels Denver can help. Our home care providers can take on caregiving responsibilities for your loved one so you can take time to focus on other aspects of your life or simply relax and recharge. Since our Angels have the experience and character needed to provide exceptional care for seniors, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your loved one is in good hands.
Here are six reasons to hire a professional caregiver:
Role Reversal Doesn’t Work
Keep in mind your parent is still your parent. No matter how dependent Mom becomes as her dementia progresses, it’s critical to maintain your mother-daughter relationship. When you treat your parents like children, they may push back to protect their pride, blocking your caregiving efforts.
Most aging parents don’t want to be a burden. They wish their children didn’t have to help them with personal hygiene, banking or other tasks. Inverting the child-parent dynamic may not be healthy for your relationship.
With in-home care from Visiting Angels Denver, you’ll be able to spend more quality time with your parent and not worry about having to fill a caregiving role. Our caregivers can assist your loved one with daily activities while also providing meaningful companionship. Our Angels treat every client with the dignity they deserve, so you know your parent will feel respected, loved and appreciated in our care.
A Steep Learning Curve
In many cases, family members take on the caregiving role due to an unexpected health event. However, caregiving is multi-faceted and demanding, so many family members are unprepared for the responsibility.
Consider the team of people caring for Dad: the nurse who administers his medications and the doctor who prescribes them. There’s also the janitor who cleans the floors, the server who brings his meals and the housekeeper who changes his soiled sheets. Will you truly be ready to meet these needs?
It’s unrealistic for one person to assume these responsibilities alone. With professional in-home care, you know there will always be someone there to take care of your loved one and ensure they remain safe, comfortable and content.
It Complicates Family Dynamics
When family members disagree about caregiving decisions, it can strain relationships. You think Dad needs an escort to medical appointments, but what if your brother doesn’t agree? Dad’s safety may be at stake. Who gets to make the final decision?
You may feel responsible because you’re the oldest sibling. And the others aren’t doing their fair share. In some families, relationships are tense before caregiving even starts. Add stepparents, in-laws and blended families to the mix, and the question of who’s going to care for Mom can be volatile. Are you ready for the conflict?
At Visiting Angels Denver, our caregivers work with our clients’ families to coordinate care and provide regular updates. If we notice any changes in your loved one’s well-being, we will keep you updated and offer suggestions on any additional care they may need.
Your Schedule is Packed
Some aging parents require 24-hour care and can be extremely difficult to manage, especially if you have a job and family. At Visiting Angels Denver, we offer hourly, short-term and long-term care so we can be there when your loved one needs us most. Our professional caregivers are knowledgeable, compassionate and trained to meet your specific care needs.
You Risk Caregiver Burnout
Burnout can easily set in when you provide care for an elderly loved one. Your kids and spouse miss you; you’ve sacrificed family dinners, school events and date nights. You can’t keep up with your household chores and Mom’s chores too. You’re doing twice the work, and it’s taking its toll. You haven’t slept through the night since Mom’s stroke, and you’re making mistakes on the job.
Burnout can be dangerous for both you and your loved one. Visiting Angels Denver can provide temporary respite care so you can take a well-deserved break.
You Lack Backup Support
Caregiving is unpredictable and requires a team approach. What if Dad falls while you’re at work? Who will stop Mom from wandering? Many adult children have their own families. What happens when situations arise in your immediate household requiring time away? You may have to travel for work or have an unexpected illness or surgery.
Even if you’re able to manage everyday responsibilities, you need a backup plan. Establishing a safety net early on is vital. At Visiting Angels Denver, our caregivers can provide backup support so you can take opportunities to focus on your family, work and other parts of your life.
If you’d like to learn about hiring a professional caregiver from Visiting Angels Denver, contact our Wheat Ridge, CO office at 303-990-8148 to schedule an in-home consultation.