Caring For an Ageing Parent When You’re an Only Child

We all want the best for our parents as they age, and despite our best intentions, things may not always go to plan. Especially if you’re an only child. Caring for your parents may be difficult if you live far away. Or, perhaps you may compromise your job security by taking too much time off work to care for your parents.

If you’re an only child, you might be starting to wonder how you will cope on your own caring for your parents as they age. Even with the help and support of other family members and friends, it can be challenging. You may also need to consider how to balance work, caring for children of your own, and nurturing other important relationships.

What options are available?

When it comes to providing care to your parents as an only child, don’t be afraid to seek help. Fortunately, moving your parents into a care home facility isn’t the only option. There are a variety of other choices available when it comes to aged care.

In home care

If you feel stuck between sacrificing your parents’ happiness and your own, you may wish to explore in home care options. In home care means your parents can continue living in their own home, whilst receiving the personalised care they need. You can have peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are being well looked after, even when you’re far from home.

In home care services are versatile. They can provide your parents with social support, personal care, home help, garden maintenance, transport, and even pet care.

Respite care

Respite care is another care option. It allows you to take a break from your caring role to tend to your own needs. Whether you need to take a holiday, or simply just need to rest and recharge, it may be worth looking into respite care as a temporary care option.

If you’re an only child, or simply looking for a helping hand to provide the best care for your parents as they age, in home care is a great way to make sure everyone’s needs are met.

You can find out more about Simply Helping’s in home care services and how we can help your family here.

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