If you’re the adult of an aging parent who is still living in their home, you may have taken on extra tasks recently to help your parent keep her home clean. A clean home not only looks better, but it provides a safe and healthy environment for your parent to live in.
But many adult children of senior parents find themselves getting overwhelmed trying to take care of their own home as well as their parent’s house, plus still managing to raise their own children and hold down a job. The good news is you don’t have to do it all on your own. There are other resources out there that can help you with maintaining your parent’s home.
Hire someone for companion care at home
You might find that hiring someone to help with companion care at home will give you just the amount of relief you’ll need. A provider performing companion care at home can help with cleaning chores, meal prep, and even socialization. All of these tasks can enrich your parent’s life and give you a little break from offering care 24/7. When you can get some rest, you can then do the other chores with more energy and a better attitude.
Ask the kids for help
If you have older kids, nieces or nephews, and/or younger siblings, they can all help with taking care of your elderly parent. They may not be able to do as much as you do, but even having someone commit to raking the leaves each week during the fall can provide a huge amount of relief. Teens especially may like taking on some of these outdoor cleaning chores if offered a modest payment for their services. And don’t forget the little ones. Younger children can help fold laundry or empty the dishwasher.
Talk to the neighbors
If your parent lives in a closely-knit neighborhood, she may have neighbors that would be more than happy to step in and help occasionally. Asking a neighbor to use their snowblower to clear out your parent’s driveway when it snows could be a great way to get your parent immediate help when the snow falls. Your parent might even have neighbors that wouldn’t mind bringing over a meal or two occasionally.
Look for free services
There are plenty of non-profit services that are in communities and are ready to step in and help. Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels has programs in practically every community and has served over 2.4 million seniors before the pandemic. There are also usually many other non-profits in the community that have programs designed specifically to serve seniors.
Give yourself a break
Taking care of a senior parent can be exhausting and cleaning two homes can really add up. Give yourself grace in both your home and your parent’s home as you try to balance the many items stacked on your plate. A clean home is important but shouldn’t cause undue stress.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Companion Care at Home in South Windsor, CT please contact the caring staff at Happy Home Care LLC today. (860) 709-1072