When you think about taking care of your aging parent, you probably put the emphasis on caring, loving, and fulfilling your responsibilities. You probably aren’t thinking about it as a job, but that’s exactly what it is.
It may be a part-time or full-time job. The problems and day-to-day dilemmas have endless possibilities. Sometimes you think you have heard it all, done it all, and felt every level of emotion. Then something else happens and you are thrust into yet another crisis.
Taking care of your elderly parent is a job you must consider carefully. You may think that you have no choice, that you must do your duty. But the wiser course of action is to realize that you have the right to choose to take this job or not.
The truth is that if you take on eldercare without considering the responsibilities and the needs which it requires, you may not only feel unhappy or inadequate down the line, but your parent and your own family may suffer as well.
Being a caregiver to your parent may seem awkward and unnatural; it can be difficult and heartbreaking too. At other times it can be pleasant and fulfilling. It takes time, commitment, patience, and understanding, and the courage to admit that at times you cannot do it alone. It’s not a simple job, and it’s not an easy one, but it’s an important one. So make sure you’re ready for it.
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