Caring for your spouse may be one of the most difficult things you have ever had to do. Watching your partner struggle with activities that used to be so simple can be heartbreaking and overwhelming, especially if you are facing your own challenges with growing older. Often, caregivers feel it is their responsibility to provide home care for elderly spouses independently, but when you live with the person you are caring for with no breaks, it’s easy to burn out.

If this sounds similar to your situation, it’s important to know that there are resources available such as Parkwood Home Care’s Companion CARE or other in-home senior care services. Taking advantage of support networks and programs specifically designed to aid caregivers like yourself, makes it possible to not only adequately provide support but also remain healthy in the process.

 

The Challenges of Spousal Caregiving

For spousal caregivers, one of the biggest challenges is realizing that they can’t do the things they used to do. It also noted that most spousal caregivers had less social support when caring for their spouses. The stress of caregiving can take a heavy toll on a caregiver’s health, especially if they are older and slowing down themselves.

Spousal caregivers may hesitate to ask others for help providing home care for elderly partners because they are afraid of embarrassing their partners. They may also feel a strong sense of obligation to do everything themselves due to their commitment to their marital vows. But this attitude can be damaging.

 

Where Can a Spousal Caregiver Find Assistance?

There are a number of resources available to help spouses provide home care for elderly partners, but none offer a more compassionate and effective approach than Parkwood Home Care’s CARE programs. With a team of trained and experienced professionals, Parkwood Home’s CARE programs offer personalized services that cater to the individual needs of each couple. We recommend that you take the time to read through each CARE program or consult with one of our professional caregivers to find the right plan for you.

A good starting place for spouses looking for extra assistance is our Companion CARE program. After a complimentary consultation, our caregivers will help you decide how often a caregiver will assist and visit your loved one. With this CARE package, you’ll receive assistance with outings, shopping, reading, walks, and light housekeeping. Companion CARE is perfect for spouses, who don’t want to surrender their spouse’s independence but are looking for a little assistance from time to time. It provides you with peace of mind if you need to leave the house, knowing that your loved one is being taken care of.

Reach out to Parkwood Home Care to learn more about how our CARE programs can help you with your daily tasks while maintaining your freedom. Our caregivers are not only experienced and professional, but they also work with exceptional kindness and compassion. With Parkwood Home’s care program, couples can enjoy the comfort of their own home while receiving high-quality in-home senior care services that are tailored to their needs.