As people age, their family members commonly take care of them. Whether you've invited an elderly family member such as a parent into your home, or you're visiting a family member who lives independently, you may find yourself unexpectedly playing the role of caregiver. For many people, doing so is a role that they enjoy. However, it's also possible that this role may begin to drain you, even if you're happy to do it. In this case, you should consider hiring a home health aide to care for your loved one. Here are some feelings that you may experience that should compel you to seek professional help.
You may experience feelings of guilt while caring for a loved one for a number of reasons. For example, you might think that you're not providing the high level of care that your family member needs because of your lack of training. Or, if your loved one gets sick or falls down on your watch, you may blame yourself. In some cases, you may skip out on visiting him or her because you have other commitments, but end up feeling guilty about putting your needs first. Don't let guilt haunt you — by arranging in-home care, you won't have any reason to feel guilty.
Even if you're trying your best to care for your family member, you may feel a high degree of concern that your skills are lacking. Unfortunately, this can be true — even if you have the best of intentions, the reality is that you probably don't possess any healthcare training, which means that your loved one might not be getting the best care possible. Additionally, you may fail to care for yourself adequately. For example, because you haven't been trained, you may struggle to help your loved one in and out of the bathtub, resulting in a sore back.
There's little doubt that all the care you provide your family member can make you exhausted. You may easily spend multiple hours per day providing this care, which can make you short on sleep, unable to have any downtime, or struggling to meet your daily commitments. Additionally, the high-stress environment of providing this care can potentially make you feel rundown and sick. You can get over each of the above feelings by arranging in-home care for your loved one. You'll know that he or she is getting the best care possible, which will help not only him or her, but also help you.