Feelings of guilt are so prevalent among family caregivers that it even has a name: “caregiver guilt.” Many caregivers feel guilty because they believe they’re not providing adequate care; they experience guilt over feeling frustrated and angry about their chaotic life or lack of control, or over their need to take a respite care break.
Family caregivers spend an average of more than 24 hours a week helping their loved ones continue to live at home. Unfortunately, this time commitment and all the other obligations a caregiver has often put their physical and mental health at the bottom of their to-do list.
As the senior population continues to grow through the coming-of-age of the baby boomers, the demand for in-home care is also increasing. While many families can help their aging loved ones remain at home by offering some assistance with daily living activities, they often need additional help as a family member’s needs increase.
As the first wave of Baby Boomers continues to age, many of their children are asking, “how do I find an in-home caregiver?” Here are some ways to find outside help.
Verbalizing your families’ needs and expectations is one of the best things you can do to ensure that you have a successful, long-term relationship with your caregiver.