More Baby Boomers are caring for their aging parents than ever before. According to the Family Caregiving Alliance (The National Center on Caregiving) over 48.5 million Americans are caring for aging parents.With a swaying economy and more individuals now out of work, these people are stepping in to help care for their seniors.
The truth to these statistics is both good and bad. It’s wonderful more family members are caring for their aging parents. Americans are in the minority worldwide when it comes to caring for their family members. Western countries show a priority in parent care by bringing their loved ones into their homes and caring for them until death. The down side is the majority of these caregivers are unpaid.
Family trends show when an elder parent needs assistance the task will generally fall solely on one family member. This is due to the logistics of that family member to the simple fact they are the only one to step up– and these individuals will burn out.
Caring for your caregiver is important. Their hearts are open and kind. They are generally very patient and willing people. Taking advantage of their generosity happens frequently. It is vital families band together to offer assistance to these warm-hearted caregivers.
What can you do to care for your caregiver?
*Offer them a full 24 hours off.
*Occasionally pop by and help with household tasks
*Provide a meal
*Write a thank you note or card
*Call and chat with the caregiver. Make them feel loved
*Recommend hiring a non-medical in-home care company such as Comfort Keepers to share the load
Many times caregivers feel as forgotten as those they care for. Make time for them. Show your appreciation. Sometimes all that is required is just a simple thank you.