It’s been more than a few months since you started taking care of your aging mother. You’re in your 50s as it is and knew that she needed some help around the house, especially after she was hospitalized with a minor stroke. Your mother hasn’t been the kind of person to take care of herself the way she should’ve through the years, and you had serious concerns about her ability to tend her own basic care now after the stroke.
You were diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis quite a while ago and through the years you found ways to deal with the pain and discomfort it can cause. However, this constant running back and forth, doing a number of things to help your mother, helping her clean, do the laundry, and much more is causing the arthritis to become inflamed more consistently now.
It’s getting to the point where you’re becoming exhausted by the end of the day, usually crashing into bed at 8 o’clock at night, if you’re even home at that time. More and more days you end up crawling through the front door of your home well after 9 or 10 in the evening and the phone rings at four or five in the morning because your mother has to get out of bed.
This is taking a toll on you and it’s causing the arthritis to become more inflamed, thus creating more pain, discomfort, and challenges in your own life.
As a caregiver, you may have heard about professional in-home care but didn’t think your mother required that level of assistance, especially considering you don’t work a full-time job at the moment. However, just the amount of assistance she requires, the physical assistance in getting into and out of the shower, getting up and down stairs, going to doctors’ appointments, and more is all beginning to wear you out.
This is now the time to seriously discuss the prospect of in-home care services. Your mother can rely on a professional and experienced caregiver for a couple of days a week if you don’t want to make her uncomfortable and have to rely on somebody every day of the week. That could give you plenty of time to rest and relax and allow the swelling and pain in your joints to diminish.
You know your body best and maybe you didn’t realize your limits, but with arthritis as a family caregiver you could very well have reached them. That’s when it’s time to think about in-home care.
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