Caring for an aging loved one is challenging on a multitude of levels – emotionally, financially, and physically. Whether husband and wife or parent and child, the role of caregiver often keeps families from enjoying their time together.
A spouse, who was once an equal partner, may become the primary caregiver, responsible for assisting with tasks such as eating, bathing, and even using the bathroom. Or an adult child may be called upon to accompany their parent to doctor’s appointments, supply transportation, and administer medications. This type of dependency can leave family members feeling resentful while the aging loved one feels guilty.
Americans are living longer and retiring later and most of us at some point in our lives will likely be working caregivers, juggling the demands of both work and caregiving responsibilities. Although caregiving can be rewarding, the competing demands of work and family create a need for caregivers to have reliable and regular back up support.
To help ease the stress, there are many terrific programs and resources available that can help families keep their loved one at home or attend a day program, allowing the caregiver to maintain their job, regular routine and social outlets.
Cona Elder Law can help you apply for Medicaid to cover the costs of home care services and/or adult day care programs. Trained caregiving help is not only better for your loved one, it is better for you, the family caregiver, and is crucial to maintaining healthy family relationships.
If your spouse, parent, or other loved one needs assistance, we can help. Let us help you maintain quality relationships with your loved ones.