You help your dad each day. He has dementia and requires help with everything from getting dressed to cooking meals. You clean his home, organize the mail, pay his bills, and do the shopping. You also arrange his appointments and make sure he gets to them on time. What happens if you contract the flu or COVID, or you are diagnosed with a health issue that requires special care or surgery? You can not take care of your dad and yourself at the same time. What do you do? Is it time to start companion care at home services?
You Have to Come First
As challenging as it can be, your health has to come first. If you ignore your doctor’s advice, what happens? Would your health worsen to a point that you risk permanent injury or even require life-saving treatments? If it led to you not being able to recover fully, what happens with your dad’s care then?
If you decide to risk it and help your dad while also trying to get better, what happens if he becomes seriously ill? Are you ready for the guilt that would follow? If you made your dad sick, you’d feel bad, and other family members may not be forgiving of you putting your dad’s health at risk.
Ask the Family to Help Out
Sit down with other family members and ask them to help out. You need to focus on getting better, so your brothers and sisters need to step in and fill your shoes for a while. It’s okay to let them take over. What’s most important is that you follow your doctor’s instructions.
Create a schedule of what you do each day, how and when you do it, and what appointments your dad has coming up. Your family members need to go over that schedule and sign up for the times and days that they can fit into their work week and personal schedules.
What do you do if there are gaps in care? At that point, reach out to cousins, close family friends, and neighbors that your dad trusts. If there are still gaps, you need to reach out to a senior care agency about companion care at home services.
Arrange for Companion Care at Home Services
Until you’ve recovered from the flu, your surgery, an injury, or another illness, make sure your dad has the support he needs from companion care at home aides. He doesn’t have to be alone, and you don’t have to risk getting him sick or further injuring yourself.
Respite care is the perfect service for these situations. Caregivers come to your dad’s home, help him with his daily tasks, and leave when the shift ends. He has the help he requires, and you can focus on getting better.
Talk to our companion care at home specialist to learn more. Ask about respite care services and find out how to make the arrangements for the care that your dad needs.