Your parents always loved each other. They joked about their plans to age together– holding hands, rocking in chairs on the front porch and delighting in joys of their grand kids. For many couples, this is just still a dream – not a reality. One, maybe both parents need some additional support.
Over 56% of the 50 million family caregivers are caregivers for a spouse, according to the National Family Caregivers Association. This change in the relationship can be hard and many spouses find themselves unclear of how to deal with the difficulties that come with the new role.
As a child who has parents living far away, it can add a high level of stress not knowing if they’re taking their medications everyday. You worry if they’re safe.
There is a big distinction between being lonely and being alone. Lots of spouse caregivers talk about the loneliness of being a caretaker– even, when their partner is right there with them. It can cause a lot of stress and fatigue. Using a service like the Keeping In Touch Solutions daily call program can be the solution for caregiver, spouse and child(ren). Getting a call every day from a cheery care caller can make all the difference. It will make a difference for the partner who may need care. It will make a difference for the spouse who doesn’t feel so helpless. And it makes the child feel less guilty for not making the time to call him/herself every day.
How do you stop resentment from impacting the treatment you give? How do you preserve the marriage while having to do your daily activities? One of one of the most essential things to do is get help. Stress and burnout have a significant negative effect on family member caregivers, and that stress and anxiety could affect the care you give. By enabling others to assist, having an understanding that you need to refrain from doing this alone, and taking routine breaks from your duty– you permit yourself to be in a better place when you are giving the direct care.
Having someone who is committed to making sure your spouse is safe and taken care of can enable you to get back to being in a marital relationship with your partner– concentrating on sharing, seeing or simply being with each other. Attempt to enable yourself to time to just “be” with your companion– not constantly focusing on exactly what you need to “do”.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.