If you never had a great relationship with a parent or both parents and they are now at an elderly age where they need help caring for themselves, you are not obligated to be their caregiver. While compassion, forgiveness, and empathy should often be practiced if you want to live a positive life, you still must instill boundaries for your own emotional and mental health. As a child, you didn’t really have any other options, and you weren’t able to make your own decisions, but as a grown adult, you are in charge of how you want to live your life, and your choices should reflect what is best for you and your own family. Whether you are the only child or come from a culture where the adult child is expected to care for their elderly parents, regardless if there was some form of mistreatment growing up, there are options. If you sweep the past under the rug and decide to become your elderly parent’s caregiver, unresolved issues and emotions may come back to the surface, leading to stress, depression, anger, or sadness. This is especially the case if your now elderly parent was and still is verbally, emotionally, or physically abusive. Just know that it is okay for you to give the responsibility of caregiving to someone else, such as a professionally trained caregiver.
Nobody should ever compromise their own emotional or mental health for somebody else’s well-being, even if it’s their very own parent. You are not responsible for your elderly parent’s care, but you are responsible for your own happiness. If you have a spouse or children, you owe it to them to give them the best version of yourself because your state of mind and physical health will affect them as well. If you have a job or a career you are passionate about, you need to have a clear mind to focus and function properly and if you have to care for an overbearing elderly parent, it will only impact you negatively. An experienced senior home caregiver will not only help your aging parent but you as well by taking the responsibility of caring for your parent. You don’t even have to communicate with your elderly parent regularly if you don’t want to. Instead, you can contact their professional caregiver for daily or weekly updates. You can rest assured that your elderly parent will be well taken care of by a highly trained professional, saving your own sanity. If you are searching for a caring, trustworthy, professional senior home caregiver in the Northern Virginia area, please contact Safe and Secure Transition Home Care at 703-539-0411or Click the Image Below:
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