Are you providing assistance to an elderly family member or parent and question whether you really should be doing it at all? Being a reluctant caregiver can often result in less than ideal care for an aging individual and sometimes it’s better to hire a professional in-home care provider than to continue being a reluctant caregiver for whatever reason.
The following are three signs that you may be a reluctant caregiver. If you recognize one or more of these behaviors in yourself when it comes to providing care for an aging individual, it may be time to consider another course of action so that the aging individual receives the level of care that he or she needs and deserves.
- Show up late. Do you have a habit of showing up late if you have a specific schedule to keep? You may be busy with your own life and responsibilities and are unable to attend to the needs of your aging relative or other individual. When we begin showing up late, putting off stopping by to check on someone, that is usually one of the first signs that we are a reluctant caregiver.
- Procrastinate. Procrastinating or being too busy with your own responsibilities, whether they are family, work, friendships, or other issues, is usually an indicator that we are not placing the elderly individual’s needs as a priority. If you find yourself putting off visiting or helping an elderly individual run errands, go shopping, or take care of some basic needs, you may want to consider other options for care for them.
- Lose patience quickly. If you find yourself losing patience with an elderly individual too quickly, this is usually a sign that you are a reluctant caregiver. It doesn’t matter if it’s a parent, grandparent, mother-in-law or father-in-law, or a friend of the family, you can be a reluctant caregiver to all of these people, depending on situation and circumstances of our own lives. Losing patience is an indicator that you are being overwhelmed with the responsibility of taking care of someone else.
While any three of these signs can certainly indicate that you are a reluctant caregiver, you may be as reluctant to hire professional in-home care services. The important question to ask now is why? Is it the cost? Is it the concern that a stranger would come into your loved one’s home to provide care? Both of these questions can be answered and concerns alleviated when you speak to a professional in-home care provider or agency.
If you are a reluctant caregiver, most likely you will not be giving the aging individual the appropriate level of care that he or she needs or deserves.
When researching options for caregiver agencies in Haslett, MA call us at (339) 707-0012. Home care counselors at Hahn Home Health Care are available to talk with you about your in-home care needs including how to reduce caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care. We are an elder care agency providing Home Health Care in Haslett, MA.