How do you know if it is time for your loved one to consider relocating to an assisted living facility? It is not always easy to understand how. At Franklin Park, we have created this guide to help you with that decision. Based on our years of experience in the industry, we have developed this resource to walk you through five general concern categories: Aging, Social, Financial, Transportation, and Home. In addition to questions for you to consider as well as signs that your loved one may need more support, we also review how you can incorporate the observations of other caregivers into your family's discernment process. At Franklin Park, we are dedicated to caring for all of our residents and their family members. That care starts now, at the beginning of your journey.
You’ve probably already checked their blood pressure, ensured they’ve eaten breakfast and lunch and confirmed their doctor’s appointment for tomorrow. But have you drunk any water today, let alone even eaten lunch yet? Being a caregiver is one of the most rewarding jobs out there, but it can also be considered one of the most mentally and physically challenging. If things are left unchecked, it can lead to a downward spiral and that puts you at risk of experiencing what is known as caregiver burnout. If you are feeling exhausted emotionally, physically, and mentally know that you are not alone and there are ways to gain healthy control of your life again.
Topics: Family & Caregiving
The responsibility of caring for a parent often falls to the person in need’s adult child. While many children are more than willing to help out and step in as caregiver to their parents, they frequently do not realize the gigantic commitment it takes to be someone’s full-time caregiver. Their great intentions can result in them feeling overwhelmed and experiencing something called ‘caregiver burnout.'
Caring for a parent will forever alter the relationship. When a person takes care of a loved one, often they have to forego the typical parent-child relationship. Most of their interactions will revolve around caregiving, so it causes a role reversal within the relationship. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, caregivers spend an average of 24.4 hours per week providing care, many times on top of holding a full-time job. This number increases to 44.6 hours per week if the parent lives with them. Caring for a parent and holding a full-time job, keeping up a household, and caring for other family members like children can lead to something called caregiver burnout. This increased amount of responsibility and stress leads children to find an alternative means of getting their parent care, like senior living.
Topics: Family & Caregiving
Eventually, the time will come when your parent is no longer able to manage their money. It may be sudden or gradual, depending on the situation. The prospect of managing someone else's money can be stressful or intimidating for some people, but with the proper preparation, it does not have to be. How well the situation goes depends on how familiar you are with the things you need to know – before taking over someone's finances.
No one wants to hear they are no longer capable of driving, as it is often associated with a loss of independence and is a sign of significant life changes. It is an awkward conversation for both children and parents, but necessary for everyone's safety. Depending on where you live, no longer driving can make life challenging. As a whole, the United States is not very accessible for people who cannot drive. Our public transportation is lacking, and most towns are spread far enough apart that it makes walking tough.
During the holiday season, many families spend extended time together – often gathering at a parents’ home to celebrate. It’s a time of families coming together, experiencing joy and celebration, but it's also during this season that it is common to notice changes taking place with your parents. Maybe the house is not as clean as it used to be, or the refrigerator is full of expired food. These are just a couple of signs that it may be time to explore senior living options with your loved one, such as assisted living.
Caregiving for a parent or making decisions on behalf of them is an arduous journey that can be physically and emotionally demanding and includes juggling paperwork, planning and family finances. Often family dysfunction can become more apparent when a life change occurs for a person’s parents. When faced with a difficult decision, some people react more out of fear and emotions than out of logical thinking, many times without realizing it. This is not uncommon, and in the senior living industry, we encounter this frequently.
Topics: Family & Caregiving
There's no doubt about it; holidays are a particularly difficult time for caregivers. While the holiday season brings joy and happiness, it's colored with sadness, nostalgia, and stress for those caring for people with Alzheimer's. According to the National Institute on Aging, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 60 seconds, and there are over 5 million Americans currently living with the disease.
During the holidays, caregivers often feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with their routine tasks and celebrating the season with friends and family. It's not easy to maintain traditions, make the holidays special and balance caregiving responsibilities.