As a human being, it’s only natural that you want to take care of your parent(s) that needs extra help because of the age or any disability that’s disrupting his/her every-day life and activities.
While everyone who’s a caregiver feels privileged to be able to take care of the elderly, this task comes with numerous difficulties that are challenging to overcome both physically and psychically, especially if one’s doing it all alone.
While the list is probably longer, this post will be concentrated on 7 most difficult parts of giving care to an elderly parent. Let’s check them out.
- “Bathroom Issues”
Let’s keep it real, shall we? Keeping track of another person’s bathroom schedule and helping them with the bathroom usage is probably one of the least pleasant things ever. This is especially difficult if the person we’re taking care of is immobile or has difficulties walking. Even if we adore our elderly parents to bits, some things are really unpleasant to do, and that’s the truth.
Other than having difficulties with helping them move towards the bathroom, keeping their weight on your arms while assisting them to sit down and stand up can be very challenging, especially if they’re heavy.
- Giving Them a Bath
Giving an elderly person a bath is not only physically challenging, but it can also be dangerous. Water, limited mobility, and slippery tiles are just some of the reasons why you need to be extra careful and use even more strength than usual. Of course, an accessible bathroom can be of big help, but, unfortunately, it can’t solve all of the difficulties.
- Going to a Restaurant if They’re Disabled
Everyone deserves to have a meal in a nice restaurant every once in a while, but finding a restaurant that’s wheelchair accessible can be a struggle not only when it comes to parking and entrance but also considering the space around the table, toilet, eating, etc.
While it’s not impossible to find an eatery that’s adjusted to the disabled customers, it definitely is a challenge, especially in small towns and villages.
- Public Outings
Staying indoors non-stop and not going out to the events is depressing for our elderly. That’s why everyone tries to bring them places and help them get ready to go out. This can take a while, depending on the mobility and mental state of the elderly parent. It can take a lot of planning and energy to organize a public outing that won’t disturb the person you’re taking care of.
- It Is Expensive
If you have an elderly parent that’s ill and needs special care and medicines, taking care of him/her can cost a lot, depending on the condition. While the common medicaments that the majority of seniors use usually aren’t too expensive, some special treatments can empty your wallet pretty quickly.
Love doesn’t have a price, that’s for sure, and there’s no doubt you’d do anything to give back to the people you love. However, sometimes it can be a struggle to afford all that they need.
- Dealing with Mood Swings
This one is potentially one of the most challenging things when it comes to giving care to seniors. Being in a situation where they feel helpless can affect their mood and behavior. That’s why they can get mood swings and be difficult to communicate with and be around.
- It Can Be Physically and Psychically Demanding
As you’ve probably concluded after reading the previously described problems, taking care of an elderly parent when he/she is sick, disabled, or mentally ill, can potentially be very challenging not only from a physical perspective but mentally as well.
Other than having to lift them up and help them walk, get up, and lay down, it’s emotionally exhausting to watch someone you love suffer and not being able to move on his/her own.