Sunrise, Fla. – August 9, 2019 –
Today, about three-in-10 U.S. adults (29%) have a child younger than 18 years of age at home, and 12% of these parents provide care for an adult as well, according to Pew Research Center
. On average, these “multigenerational caregivers” give more than two and a half hours of uncompensated care a day. The transition from child to parent caregiver can be challenging, with responsibilities and stressors – such as balancing time dedicated to caregiving, childcare, a career – that come along with the role of family caregiver.
To help make the transition from a child to a parent’s caregiver smoother, Interim HealthCare Inc.
, a leading national franchisor of home care, hospice and healthcare staffing, offers four ways to deal with the role reversal:
- Lead with Compassion – Even though caregiving can be a chance to give back to parents who took care of you as a child, it’s vital to remember that your parent isn’t your child. Treating your loved one with respect and dignity reinforces the idea that, although they may have lost a degree of independence, they still can live an enriched life. Frame your intervention as helping or making life easier instead of your loved one being no longer capable of taking care of themselves. Studies show that not only does compassionate care have meaningful effects for the receiver, but for the giver too.
- Develop a Partnership – A loss of independence can be hard for aging parents and adult children may feel awkward or nervous in their role as caregivers. Think about this transition as a partnership and discuss what your parent wants their care to look like early on so that they do not feel like they are losing control. If your parent is still having difficulty with the transition, consider bringing a doctor or social worker into the conversation to help guide the discussion.
- Remember You are Not Alone – Caring for a parent can take an emotional and physical toll. Try to build or join a support system of other people going through a similar transition. This is helpful for sharing advice or common experiences. Online and in-person support groups can be found through hospitals or Facebook, or organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.
- Seek Joy in the Experience – Cherish the time you spend with your loved one. Caregiving can be emotionally taxing but look for those bright moments. Keep in mind that you’re helping someone remain comfortable and happy in a challenging moment of their lives. Looking for those joyful moments allows for reminiscing about good times and you’ll remember those memories later in your own life.
For more information about Interim HealthCare Inc., visit: https://www.interimhealthcare.com/
About Interim HealthCare Inc.
Interim HealthCare Inc., founded in 1966, is a leading national franchisor of home care, hospice and healthcare staffing. It is part of Caring Brands International which also includes UK-based Bluebird Care and Australia-based Just Better Care, both well-known franchise brands in their countries. With more than 530 franchise locations in seven countries Caring Brands International is a global health care leader.
Interim HealthCare in the United States is unique in combining the commitment of local ownership with the support of a national organization that develops innovative programs and quality standards that improve the delivery of service. Franchisees employ nurses, therapists, aides, companions and other healthcare professionals who provide 25 million hours of home care service to 190,000 people each year, meeting a variety of home health, senior care, hospice, palliative care, pediatric care and healthcare staffing needs. For more information or to locate an Interim HealthCare office, visit www.interimhealthcare.com
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