When you take on the role of being a family caregiver for your aging parent, it is likely you are focused on the difference you can make in their life, and how you are able to help them. What you might not think about is how this role can actually help you, and make a difference in your life, and in the lives of your children. Recognizing these benefits can bring more meaning into your care relationship, and help you to find more ways to get your parent involved in your life, and the lives of your children.
Some ways your aging parent can make a difference to your children include:
- Teaching them about their family traditions, culture, and heritage. This is not only important for your parent feeling as though they are leaving a legacy, but also to your children as they get greater insight into themselves, and are able to carry these forward for their own children.
- Teaching them skills they might not otherwise learn. There are many skills young people today are less likely to learn, but that can be very valuable. Sewing, cooking, baking, woodworking, and other such skills are not only useful in their daily life, but learning these skills gives your child an opportunity to spend quality time with their grandparent.
- Giving them an opportunity to learn compassion and dedication to others. While you do not want to put too much pressure or responsibility on your children when you are a family caregiver, children can be involved in the care. Whether they are watching you care for your parent, or taking on some responsibilities such as driving your parent on errands, preparing meals, or otherwise helping, they will build their character. Seeing this care teaches empathy, compassion, and dedication toward others, something they will carry with them for the rest of their life.
Helping your parent to stay active and engaged in the world around them is a fantastic benefit of senior care. Customized services mean their individual challenges and needs will be addressed in the ways that are right for them, giving you confidence and peace of mind that your senior will have everything they need both when you are caring for them, and when you are not able to be with them. Even if you are able to be with them more frequently, this care provider can diversify your parent’s care and support to increase their social interaction, and mental and emotional health. This type of customized care can help your parent to be more involved in the world around them, including with the rest of your family. Consistent care and personalized support enable your parent to participate in activities and outings as much as possible, while maintaining their own health and well-being, and allowing you to feel more at ease. This reduces your stress and also allows you to enjoy the time with your family.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Spokane, WA, please contact the friendly staff at Love at Home Senior Care, today. Call (509) 204-4088
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