Jack turned off the alarm and laid back with a sigh. It seemed as if he’d only just fallen asleep when, as if on cue, the phone rang. He knew who it was without looking at the caller id.
“Hello, Dad.” He turned away from the phone to clear the ever present scratch from his throat.
“It’s only six. A.M., Dad. It’s morning!” Jacks voice began to rise. “I don’t know where you put your razor—no, I doubt seriously anyone broke in and took it, Dad.”
He sat up with a jerk. “Look—Dad, just listen a moment. I’ll be over in a while, okay?”
Jack slammed the phone down. He sat hunched on the side of the bed, his head in his hands as he tried to get control of his feelings. He felt powerless, overwhelmed with the responsibility of taking care of his father and trying to maintain his job to keep the money flowing. What was he going to do?
More and more children of elderly parents are facing this very same question. They want to help them, give back in return the care they’d received as a child growing up.
But how does one work a full time job and provide the kind of care an aging adult needs?Caregiving is a full time job in itself, and one that takes commitment, energy and patience. It can be a tremendously rewarding experience yet, for adult children caring for their own families and occupation, it can take a toll on a person’s health. It’s not unusual for a family member who has taken on the role of caregiver to suffer from symptoms such as insomnia, nausea, cold-like symptoms, anxiety, anger, and a sense of apathy, among others. This happens because the person giving the care often sacrifices their own needs in order to provide for the one needing help.
There are alternatives. Residential Aide Workers are trained caregivers who assist with daily tasks such as light cleaning, cooking, laundry, and may assist with bathing and other personal hygiene tasks, as well as lending emotional support and companionship.
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