Everyone has a unique situation, but here are a few questions to help you better determine if your loved one is in need of more care than you can provide.

1. Is your aging loved one having difficulty keeping up with their activities of daily living?

If your loved one is neglecting their activities of daily living such as proper hygiene, grooming, and medication management, this may be a sign of a physical or mental decline. Helping them with these everyday tasks may take away from the quality time you are able to spend together. Lack of personal attention can also create potentially uncomfortable social situations and increases the worry about them living alone.

2. Are they forgetting necessary home upkeep and maintenance?

Look around their house for signs of extraneous clutter like piles of old newspapers and unopened mail or household items that are not in their proper place of storage. If they are neglecting usual housekeeping and exterior upkeep, this may create safety issues around the home.

3. Does your loved one require more care than you can give?

The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for her widowed 69-year-old mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed. Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. More than 37% have children or grandchildren under 18 years old living with them. Source: Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009

If you are among the estimated 65 million family caregivers, you’re averaging 20 hours per week caring for someone else. If the burden of caregiving turns into negative emotions towards your loved one or a decline in your health or quality of life, it’s important to seek help. Acknowledging where you are at and looking into different care options is a great next step. Without worrying about your loved one’s everyday needs, you can get back to being a daughter, a son, and a family again.

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