Elder Orphans Plan

Americans are getting older. It’s a great thing. The CDC estimates that the number of Americans who will live to be over 100 years old has grown 44 percent from 2000 to 2014. With the baby boomers aging into their senior years, this means that there will be an unprecedented boom in the senior population of the country.

While it’s wonderful that our population is living longer, there are some unexpected issues that come with aging. One of the biggest concerns facing seniors is how to plan for caregiving if they are Elder Orphans. Defined as a senior who either has no family that can help with their caregiving, or no one able to aid them, Elder Orphans are a growing segment of the senior population. This year, the number of Elder Orphans in the senior community has grown to nearly a quarter.

If you find yourself to be an Elder Orphan, there’s no need to panic, just plan.

The biggest concern for those who do not have family or friends to care for them is finances. Elder Orphans should work with a financial advisor to cultivate savings that will help them in case of medical emergencies. It is also essential that any living space is senior-friendly. If you’re planning on aging-in-place, that may mean renovations to your home including chair lifts and better lighting. It could also mean investigating local senior living communities to determine if that is a more budget friendly option.

Another issue facing Elder Orphans is isolation. Those without family to check on them can sometimes feel that they’ve grown isolated. This can lead to feelings of depression and also declining mental faculties. It is imperative that seniors keep and maintain social connections. This is especially important for Elder Orphans who don’t have family to rely upon for interaction. Be sure to cultivate a strong friend group and meet with each other at least once a week for a fun activity.

Though being an Elder Orphan requires a bit of extra planning, there’s no reason it can’t lead to a fulfilling life. If you’re aging and alone, plan ahead for a successful life as a single senior.

Parents are invincible. That is what many children believe, at least. As you see your parents age, it can be difficult to see them struggling to feed themselves, clothe themselves or even take a bath. Caring for your parents also takes an emotional toll as well, says HelpGuide. Here you can find information about what you can expect when you take on the role of caregiver for your parents:

Ambivalence

You might be asking yourself how you can provide your mother with all the help she needs, or how you can even find the time to dedicate to her care. After all, you would do anything for your mom. However, the thought of the commitment required to do this can make you take a step back. It is perfectly normal to be uncertain whether you are able to provide all the care your mother requires.

Resentment or anger

4-common-emotions-caregivers-experienceTaking on the care of a loved one is really difficult work. It can make you feel like your life has taken a backseat. You may feel obligated or like you have been backed into a corner and you have no other choice. Still, you should know that there is another option: you can look into hiring private duty home care specialists to help. With capable and efficient help around, you should start feeling that resentment and anger lessen, according to WomensHealth. Caregiver burnout is common.If you feel that you are suffering from burnout, so seek out help right away.

Embarrassment

No matter how close you and your loved ones are, it can be embarrassing to see them at their lowest. Having to bathe them and change their adult diapers can be too much for you to handle. Again, private duty home care services can provide the help to do this for you. Dignity is important to maintain throughout one’s life. For many, their parent would prefer private duty, Certified Nursing Assistant to provide personal care for them, rather than their family members.

Frustration

Being a caregiver can be frustrating from time to time. There are lots of details to see to. Routines can help. Routines allow you to establish control, which is especially helpful when everything else in your life seems to be spinning out of control. However, if you find yourself stressed because of tiny deviations from routine, it might be time for you to get help and consider taking a rest instead.

At Capital City Nurses, we provide home care services to help families cope. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.

Emotional health is as important as physical health. That is why keeping your elderly loved one healthy involves more than getting them their medication or ensuring their treatments are paid for. It means looking after their emotional health and well-being. One way to make this happen is to

Engage senior companion services.

How Can These Services Help?

  • tips-to-ease-care-giver-stressAccording to WomensHealth, you can ease your stress and your loved ones’ by learning better ways to help them. For instance, many elderly people live a full, happy life by taking part of activities and events in local recreation centers. If your loved ones are starting to find it a bit hard to move around, you can make sure they continue attending those activities and events for as long as they want to by providing them with companion services. A companion can provide your loved one with assistance and support to help them overcome mobility issues.
  • When a senior find it hard to leave their house without help it can make them prone to isolation, leading to loneliness and depression. Having a companion to go with them to catch the latest independent film or to the knitting class they love can provide them with the companionship they need to be emotionally positive and healthy.
  • It is convenient. You may not be able to take your grandma to see that play because of work or pressing deadlines. You will not have to worry about her going alone; companion services are readily available to help get your grandma where she wants to go.

Other Tips

Taking care of elderly relatives can lead to a lot of stress too. Here is what you can do to ease it:

  • Take time out for yourself. According to HelpGuide, giving yourself a break is one way to reduce burnout and stress.
  • Make yourself laugh. Find a way to distract yourself and release the tension: watch a film or read a funny book. Learn to look on the bright side of life.
  • Talk to someone. Do not bottle everything up inside. The more you hold onto your emotions, the more likely you will end up stressed, lonely, resentful and angry.
  • Pamper yourself. Get a massage or go on a short trip. Do whatever makes you feel special. This can help you relax and make all the stress disappear.
  • Look after your own health. If you do not take care of yourself, then your loved one will suffer too. So do not let care giving drive you to the ground in exhaustion. Ask for help if you must.

With these tips, you can take care of your elderly relatives and yourself even better. For information on home care assistance, contact us at Capital City Nurses.