Caring for Elderly Parents (Or Other Relatives)
Last month we opened a poll on what topics drivers and carriers wanted to learn more about. Suggested topics included: driving on ice and avoiding accidents. Another topic that jumped out was about struggling with difficult situations, specifically caring for older parents. This was the topic that was selected for our March eNugget®. Remember that a lot of people struggle each day with losses and stresses. Your kindness can make a difference. Thank you to everyone that participated in the Luma poll!
Caring for an elderly parent may be one of the most challenging things you do in life. As the population ages, more of us are called upon to provide care and support for an older person.
Although caring for a parent is most common, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, or even good friends may look to you for help should they become disabled or unable to function independently. Providing help is difficult when you work long days, are away from home most of the time, and taking time off might cost you your job.
Feeling sad, angry, and overwhelmed is common, and a break from caregiving is sometimes needed. Each situation is different, and it’s important to remember that you can’t do it all and you aren’t alone, unless you choose to be. It’s also important to keep in mind that providing care to a parent can be very rewarding especially in the long term. You can feel satisfied that you are doing the right thing by providing quality care for someone you love.