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Tips for Simultaneously Caring for Children and an Aging Loved One

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The day may come when you need to focus your energy on both raising your children and caring for an elderly relative. Each of these family members deserves your love and attention, but it may be difficult to find a balance. Here are a few tips to help you make sure everyone’s needs are met, including your own.

Move Your Loved One in with You

If your loved one is still living independently, but changes in his or her health mean this may need to change soon, moving him or her into your home may be an option. This living situation can make it easier to balance your children’s afterschool activities and appointments with your loved one’s care because you won’t have to split time between the two homes. If you do not have a spare bedroom but have another room that is not used often, you can convert it into a bedroom.

Make Time for Your Children

It’s important to balance your loved one’s at-home care in Palm Beach with the needs of your children. There may be dance recitals, soccer practices, school plays, or karate classes you need to make time for, and your children may need a little help on math homework or studying for their next science quiz. If possible, bring your loved one to your children’s afterschool activities or get him or her involved in their homework or studying sessions.

Get Help from Your Children

Involve your children in your loved one’s care whenever possible. For instance, an older child could read to your loved one, or a younger child could do something as simple as bringing reading glasses to him or her. Your children could help you prepare a light snack and drink for your loved one, and they may also enjoy spending a little quality time with him or her just watching television or playing a board game.

Consider Respite Care

Whether it is to go to a doctor’s appointment, attend one of your children’s afterschool activities, or to run some errands, you may need to seek some outside help for a few hours or days a week. A part-time caregiver in Palm Beach can provide you with respite and stay with your loved one for a few hours, overnight, or even for a few days if your family is going on vacation. 

At Home Care Assistance, we understand the combination of raising children and caring for an elderly loved one can be challenging. Our expertly trained caregivers are available around the clock to assist with bathing, cooking, exercise, transportation, and much more. We also offer 24-hour care in Palm Beach and specialized care for seniors with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 561.429.8292 to schedule a free consultation.