As parents get older, they may require assistance with day-to-day activities, which can become a challenge for family members who may be unable to give the necessary care due to work or other responsibilities. Seniors often require specialized care that family members cannot provide, which is where a geriatric care manager comes in. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why it’s important to hire a geriatric care manager and how it can benefit both seniors and their families.

Family Caregiver for Aging Parents
Taking care of an aging parent can be a significant challenge for family members. It can be emotionally, physically, and financially draining. Family caregivers are responsible for managing their loved ones’ medical care, financial matters, and daily activities. However, they may not have the expertise to provide the necessary support, which is why a geriatric care manager can help. We are highly skilled, certified professionals with specialized knowledge in aging, healthcare, and other related fields.

Set Boundaries and Be Clear About Your Expectations
The role of a family caregiver can be demanding, stressful, and draining. Therefore, it’s essential to set boundaries and be clear about your expectations. It’s important to communicate your needs, limitations, and expectations with your loved one and any healthcare professionals you may hire. By setting boundaries, you can avoid burnout, resentment, and conflicts, and foster a healthy caregiving relationship. Working with a caregiver provides peace of mind because there are options for respite care and other needs to be met for your aging one so that you have times that you can rest and recharge.

Seek Support from Family & Friends
Caring for an aging parent can be isolating and exhausting, which is why you need to seek support from family and friends. They can provide emotional support, respite care, or even financial assistance if needed. Moreover, they can help share the caregiving responsibilities, giving you some much-needed time off. Whether you have family and friends for support, or not, a care manager will know about support groups for you and will have resources to recommend that provide enrichment to you and/or your loved one.

Take Time for Yourself
Self-care is essential when caring for others, especially when taking care of an aging parent. You need to set aside time for yourself to do things you enjoy, such as hobbies, exercise, or simply rest. You should also practice relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing. These techniques can help reduce stress and improve your overall quality of life. Ask a care manager if they can find engagement activities for your loved one as well. They need self-care also and your care manager will know what is available for them.

Utilize Support Services
Finally, when taking care of an aging parent, it’s crucial to utilize support services such as respite care, in-home care aides, adult day centers, or senior centers where available. These services can provide temporary relief for caregivers who need a break or have other obligations. Additionally, they can help seniors maintain their independence and enjoy a better quality of life. Just ask us, we know the resources in the community!

Taking care of an aging parent is a challenge that requires expertise, patience, and support. Hiring a geriatric care manager can go a long way in providing the necessary support for both seniors and their families. It ensures that the older adult is receiving high-quality care, and family members can focus on other responsibilities without feeling overwhelmed or guilty. Remember to set boundaries, seek support from family and friends, take time for yourself, and utilize support services. By doing so, you can ensure that your aging parent receives the best possible care while maintaining your own well-being.

If you or someone in your family are facing aging challenges, please give us a call at 877-337-0922 or email us at”. We’ll be happy to assist!