What Seniors Don’t Want from Their Caregiving Children

Happy female professional caregiver taking care of elderly woman at home

Yes, growing older is a fact of life. According to U.S. Census data, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to nearly double from the current 54+ million to about 95 million in 2060, reaching nearly one-quarter of the total population. Older adults are important to families and to society. Yet, aging, at some point, becomes a challenge for the elderly and their children who become their caregivers. That is because most seniors want to remain in their homes. They want the familiarity of their own space. They want to maintain a high degree of independence. So, it frequently becomes necessary for family members to arrange in-home senior care services.

The Benefits of In-Home Senior Care 

At some point, an aging adult may struggle with daily household tasks, personal care needs, and other normal daily living activities. Those needs can cause worry for family members if the Senior wants to remain in their home.  In some cases, the children may not have time or the ability to provide the assistance needed.  In this case, professional elderly care providers can help offer peace of mind for these family members. 

Professional elderly care providers in Colorado Springs can provide assistance in the following areas: 

  • Personal care
  • Meal preparation, planning, and mealtime feeding
  • Companionship
  • Light Housekeeping and pet care
  • Safety, including mobility assistance and fall prevention assistance. 
  • Transportation and errands.

What Seniors Don’t Want from Their Caregiving Children 

  • Conflict. They want to have loving family relationships that honor their parental role, rather than feeling like they are being coerced into a new role. They want respect. 
  • Unreasonable expectations. They don’t want to feel that you are disappointed in them or look down on them because they may need assistance. 
  • Orders and over-control. Adults want to be treated with dignity and respect so don’t boss them around. Don’t force them to do things they don’t want to do. Respect their desires to maintain some autonomy, even when they have sizable needs. 
  • Distrust. Don’t destroy a relationship by not exercising proper trust. Have respectful discussions when needed. 
  • Judgment. Don’t act in condescending ways. Rather exercise empathy, consider their feelings carefully and make decisions mutually. 

Experts in Colorado Springs Elderly Care 

Contact Gentle Shepherd Home Care in Colorado Springs for compassionate in-home senior care. We provide a full range of top-quality individualized care services that only a hometown agency can provide, enabling your loved one to stay in the comfort of their own home and live with dignity. 

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