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Planning a Holiday Dinner While Still Being Responsible for Dad

Easter is just around the corner and when you’re a caregiver for your elderly father, you feel a great deal of responsibility for him. You don’t want him spending the holiday alone, but you know you have to plan ahead.

He has difficulty with mobility.

Caregiver Stress in Palm Beach FL: Holiday Stress

Caregiver Stress in Palm Beach FL: Holiday Stress

Maybe it’s due to his age, a health crisis, or even injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell. Whatever the case may be, he has difficulty getting around. There are numerous challenges he faces in performing a lot of basic tasks. He may call you early in the morning some days to help him get out of bed.

He might need assistance with the laundry. He may be unable to get to the store to do some shopping. This can take a tremendous amount of your time, energy, and focus. When you’re hosting a holiday event, your focus is going to be on many things at once; the last thing you need is to add all that extra stress of looking after him.

So, what can you do?

Well, one thing is to consider hiring a home care aide. Perhaps in the past you discussed the prospect of home care services, but he was adamantly opposed to it. Maybe he didn’t understand what it offered or had certain misconceptions about it. A lot of people in this country have various misconceptions about home care support services.

They think it’s too expensive, they worry about safety, or they assume since their family member is helping them already there’s really no point to hiring outside assistance.

Right now could be a great opportunity for him to see the benefits of relying on an experienced and professional home care aide who works for an agency. You can hire an individual for one day, for a couple of hours a day, or for full-time, around-the-clock care. It all depends on your father’s needs.

Over this holiday weekend, he might be planning to stay with you. You can hire an aide for a couple of hours each day, for eight hours a day, or for just that Easter Sunday. What you want to do is make these arrangements as early as possible, especially during the holiday season.

When you and your father begin to realize how beneficial it is to rely on an aide, the more you and he will probably be open to the idea of continuing with this when he returns home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Palm Beach, FLcontact the caring staff at Family Private Care. Call today (855) 465-0611.

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Deborah Irvine

Deborah Irvine and her husband reside in Martin County Florida. She has been married for 30 years and is the mother of two daughters. Deborah completed her nursing degree at Palm Beach Community College in 1986 and is a Registered Nurse. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Hobe Sound Bible College. Deborah worked for 9 years at Martin Memorial Hospital as a Medical/Surgical Nurse and then went into Home Health care, working for two years at a Medicare Home Health company. In 1997 Deborah went to work at Family Private Care where she started as an Independent Contractor nurse, and was soon promoted to the Director of Nursing, then became their General Manager and currently serves as Family Private Care’s President.

Deborah is a member of the Private Care Association and thereby stays involved in the political process both state-wide and national as it pertains to Nurse Registries and home care issues.

Deborah was appointed by the Commissioners of Martin County in 2005 to the board of the Treasure Coast Health Care Council where she served two terms.

Deborah has been committed to the Martin County community by serving in various roles through her church from being involved with children’s ministry through a Bus Ministry program in Indiantown to serving as a Sunday School teacher to Junior High children. Deborah continues to work with and actively supports a myriad of local community organizations.

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