Three months ago, my friend’s father suffered a debilitating stroke. After spending a few weeks in the hospital, he was transferred to a nursing home where the family was told that he would never recover enough to go home. Before my friend, Nancy, could accept that devastating news, her mother began to experience heart problems.
Now Nancy tries to be at the nursing home for every meal time. She’s taking her mom to the doctor. She also cleans her parents’ home, mows their yard and pays their household bills. It’s too much for one person, isn’t it? She is a caregiver who is sleep-deprived and depressed.
She is also extremely angry. You might assume that her anger stems from helplessly watching her parents’ health decline. But her anger is directed at her uninvolved siblings. Her younger sister actually lives in the house with their mother, but does nothing to help. Her brother visits once a month, usually on a Sunday around lunch time. But he lives only 10 minutes away. It’s hard for Nancy to understand why adult children won’t immediately volunteer to help their aging parents.
Statistics revealed last year by the Bureau of Labor state that 56% of the 39.8 million caregivers in the United States are females between the ages of 45 and 65. Nearly 70% of these female caregivers tend to one elderly parent while 42% are doing the best they can, like my friend, to care for both aging parents.
It is difficult to accept that other family members might not be dependable. If you are in a tough situation like this one, don’t forget that Keeping In Touch Solutions understands. We can help. While you are at work, we will be the support team you need. We will call your loved one to check on their welfare.
We understand all the responsibilities you carry. We even understand the nastiness of family dynamics in these situations. Our Care Callers offer your loved one a consistent, friendly voice on the telephone giving you a chance to catch your breath. You deserve it!
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
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.
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