Being an only child has some perks. During childhood, you never had to experience sibling rivalry or fights, and you also had the benefit of receiving all the attention and love of your parents. As an adult with no siblings, you may now find that it’s your turn to provide all of the care and attention your parents need.
You will find advantages to this as well. You are able to make all the essential decisions without having to get the approval of siblings. You also don’t have to worry about arguments and heightened emotions that often manifest among siblings due to the stress of caring for older parents.
The drawback for only-child caregivers, obviously, is that it is a tremendous responsibility to care for your parents on your own. These guidelines can help.
- Prepare early. The need for help at home as your parents get older is highly likely. So even if they are healthy and active now, it is a smart idea to start to formulate a plan for their future care needs. Sit down with your parents and have an open and honest conversation about their wishes. This discussion should include an overview of finances and confirmation that all important paperwork is in place: power of attorney, healthcare directive, will, etc.
- Bring in reinforcements. If you suspect your parents may require some help at home, it’s a good idea to first schedule a consultation with the doctor to discuss your concerns. A trusted professional can often have more of an influence on older loved ones and the need for intervention to ensure safety.
- Watch for signs. Keep an eye on your parents’ ability to handle everyday activities of living independently. Are they paying bills and balancing the checkbook? Is the home being maintained and kept clean? Are they maintaining personal hygiene? Are there any warning signs of dangers such as cluttered rooms that could lead to a fall, scorch marks on pans that could indicate unattended cooking, etc.?
Once the need for assistance in the home is established, you will want to build a strong support system. Caring for aging parents is not something that should be undertaken solo. This can quickly result in caregiver burnout, depression, and a host of other health complications.
How Home Care Can Help Only-Child Caregivers
As an only child, working with Anthem Home Care is a fantastic way to maintain a balanced and healthy life while ensuring the needs of your parents are met. Our fully trained and experienced care professionals are here with just the right level of care your parents need, through home care services including:
- Specialized dementia care
- Transportation and errand-running
- Fall prevention
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Medication reminders
- Help with baths/showers, getting dressed, and other personal care needs
- Meal planning and prep
- And more
Give us a call at 361-643-2323 or reach out to us online and request a consultation. We can discuss your concerns and work with you to formulate the solution you need. We’re proud to serve families throughout Taft, Aransas Pass, Rockport, and the surrounding areas. Visit our Service Area page to see if our award-winning home care services are available in your area.