Sharing Caregiver Duties with Family Members in Clifton, NJ

Caregivers in Clifton, NJWhen a loved one develops Alzheimer’s or has major health issues, caregiver responsibilities should be discussed with all family members who need to be involved. If you have siblings who live close to your parent, you will need to call a family meeting. It’s important because being a caregiver can be an emotionally draining and physically exhausting job. By determining your parent’s various needs, you can divide up the duties required to fulfill them among able and willing family members. Perhaps one sibling will come over in the morning and help bath and dress your parent. He or she can prepare breakfast, maybe read the paper to your parent and do some laundry. Another sibling could come out at lunchtime, prepare lunch, do some house cleaning and entertain your parent. The next shift would be supper and bedtime and maybe overnight care.

Other ways for family members to all help is to take different days and stay overnight if needed. Other members could stay weekends to help out with the senior family member’s care. If one family member wishes to be the primary caregiver, other family members could come on designated days to giving that person respite and time off. By sharing caregiving duties, everyone is involved and the primary caregiver has support from family members and friends.

If you are an only child or everyone lives out of town, then consider a senior care service. The agency would send a person for you to interview to see if it would be a good match for your parent. By making sure your parent is involved in the choice of caregiver, he or she will feel a measure of control over the situation. If your parent is incapable in making the choice because of dementia or a serious illness, then you can choose the one you think will work best for your parent’s personality. The home care provider would be there for a few hours a day or a few days a week, whatever level of care you need to help lessen the caregiver load. He or she would also make sure your parent was fed, do some light housekeeping and laundry. This would free you up when you get home to spend time with your loved one instead of having the burden of housekeeping, laundry and cooking on top of everything else.

Keeping your loved one at home and not in a nursing home isn’t always easy. It takes time, patience and love from all the family members involved. You have to be willing to sacrifice your time and parts of your life. With help from other family members and home care services though, it can be done.

For cargiver services in Clifton, NJ Area call 973-287-4718, Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Cedar Grove, Verona, Little Falls, Belleville, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic

About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.
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