The Important Role of Family in Caring for an Elderly Parent at home

Within the last few decades, more and more healthy men and women have been living into their late 80’s and even into their 90’s. As your parents become elderly, they may not be able to take care of themselves the way they were once able to. Although they may be in good health, simply getting around and doing things on their own can be a difficult task in old age. In addition to working, caring for your family and other responsibilities of everyday life, you may find yourself having to provide care for your elderly parent as well. This alone can be a full-time job. From helping your parent get in and out of bed each day to assisting in dressing, bathing and cooking for them, there are many different tasks that you may need to complete in your role as your elderly parent’s caregiver.

Caring for Elderly Parents can be Challenging

Providing care for an aging parent or loved one can be challenging, difficult and often overwhelming. But you don’t have to do it alone. Many San Diego families reach out to us seeking care and companionship for their elderly parent, grandparent or loved one when they realize they can no longer do it by themselves. Home Care Assistance works with families to provide the highest quality of care and companionship services to seniors and elders. Our professional and dedicated caregivers make it easier for seniors to maintain their daily routine and remain independent in the comfort, safety and familiar environment of home.

Even when our caregivers take on the responsibilities of everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, light housekeeping, medication reminders, accompaniment to doctors appointment, and grocery shopping etc, we still encourage family members to stay involved showing their elderly loved one that they care deeply for them. The change of roles from being a care provider to being cared for by a child can be emotionally draining for elderly parents. However, it is an important part of life and the aging process that can be rewarding if properly planned with the help of professionals.

When taking on the role of a caregiver for your elderly parents, it is important to set boundaries and limitations. Allowing their children to take the reins and to take care of them can be a difficult concept for seniors to grasp. Work with your parent to explain how it is now your job to take care of them and that you are thankful for the care that they provided when you were growing up. At the end, keep one thing in mind; one day we will be in their shoes too.

If your loved one is in search of a caregiver, contact Scottsdale Home Care Assistance today.  We are the preferred provider of in-home care with a staff of caregivers who are expertly trained and certified in caring for seniors.  Our caregivers undergo a rigorous screening process and are given continuous education on the latest developments in elder care.  We offer care on an hourly or live-in basis, as well as specialty care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or who have recently suffered from a stroke.  For more information, visit our website at