In some countries nursing homes don’t even exist–families take care of their loved ones. And it’s not just the immediate family but the family system–cousins, newphews, nieces and pretty much everyone. While they may not get the same high quality medical monitoring, elder adults have the enjoyment of being around loved ones in their latter years. Emotional and mental health is an important part of health.
Challenges of Caregiving
Nursing homes can be good or bad but the rising costs are making it hard for everyone. Here in the US caring for loved ones at home is making a resurgence. Doing so comes with a whole set of unique challenges.
- How do caregivers make an income when they are working at home?
- How do they handle the stress of finding relief when loved ones refuse others’ help?
- How do the manage the medications, legal, financial, relational and many other burdens?
Caregiver challenges are real. And they don’t stop just because someone is in or out of a nursing home. There are many decisions to be made and that can create family stress on top of everything else.
But what is most important is that our loved ones feel valued, wanted and that they still feel a sense of purpose. This means everything.
How you care for your parents is how you are training your children to care for you.
Our family is precious. And taking care of them when we are older is important. But how can caregivers make it? Some would say
- Find a good support group
- Seek out assistance from your Area Council on Aging
- Take care of yourself emotionally and physicall
These are all good things. But there’s one thing in particular that stands above all others. And that is our attitude that shapes our every decision. Watch this touching video of a son who refuses to let his circumstances dictate his love: