Your Monday begins bright and early. You make breakfast for your family, then lunches for everyone for later, and get them all out the door. The dishes can wait as you are running late for work. During your commute you realize you never fed yourself.
You’re barely settled at work when your mother calls and she can’t figure out her medications. Every week you pre-dose her medications into a pill box to make it easier for her to know when to take which medications. Her morning medications are crucial. Your sister is away on a business trip. Your brother lives three hours away. You are so behind on a project at work, but once again, you have to take time off to assist your mother. Her needs cannot be ignored.
When you arrive, your mother is clearly confused and does not recall your earlier phone conversation. She’s sitting in her favorite chair and the TV is on full volume. A plate of old food, you had previously prepared, sits on the coffee table. She says she had breakfast but there’s no evidence of it. The pill box is a disaster; its contents all over the table. She’s still wearing the same clothes as when you stopped by on Friday but now they appear to be soiled from a recent bout of incontinence. You would have visited over the weekend, but you and your husband were at opposite ends of the state for your children’s sports tournaments.
You go in the kitchen and being to cry.
It’s time to call a non-medical senior home care company. They will conduct an assessment to develop a care plan and place a caregiver with your mother. Having a companion just a few hours a day, a few days a week to assist with meals and household chores will give your mother a better routine, and allow you to have quality visits with her rather than task oriented visits.
Originally appeared on: http://www.homecarechoice.com/home-care-articles/home-care-helps-caregiver-senior