Taking care of elderly loved ones can be tough work. Recently, two primary caregivers gave their insights into the challenges of senior care from their unique, firsthand perspectives:
Roz Chast, the famed staff cartoonist of The New Yorker, recently came out with a graphic novel detailing her struggles as she took care of her parents during the final years of their lives.
Taking a humorous route, Chast’s narrative delves into the deeper, darker thoughts that sometimes cross caregivers’ minds as it provides an honest account of the difficulties that come with taking care of seniors. It talks about the emotional struggles children feel as their parents near the end of their lives while also providing insight into more worldly concerns, such as the cost of taking care of an elderly person, which Chast managed by moving her parents into an assisted living facility.
Cathy Mayo’s story was published in the June 2014 issue of New Hampshire Magazine. In it, she describes the problems she faced while taking care of both of her parents, and later her mother with dementia after her father’s passing in December 2012.
While she was initially able to manage the burden of taking care of her parents on her own, having to do all the housekeeping, laundry, and errands for both two households eventually took a toll on Mayo’s back. This eventually prompted her to hire outside help, which along with a number of outlets, including counseling, long car rides with her husband, and lunch with friends, helped relieve her stress.
Both stories thrust into the spotlight a reality that nearly a third of the United States’ adult population have to deal with today. As the country’s population gets older, more and more people can expect to encounter similar situations as the ones described above.
As both stories reveal, taking care of an elderly loved one is difficult at best. Especially in Mayo’s case, it highlights the role that Chicago senior care providers, like Comfort Keepers of Chicagoland Area, IL, play in giving primary caregivers some form of relief. By providing reprieve from the day-to-day struggles of taking care of an aging loved one, primary caregivers gain the time to both address their own issues and build the emotional and physical resolve necessary to continue with their duties.
Chast’s experience also hints at how senior home care in Chicago can be a useful tool in keeping finances afloat despite the costs of taking care of an elderly person. Home care allows primary caregivers to ensure that their loved ones get the care they deserve while allowing working individuals to continue living productive lives in order to cover the associated costs.
(Source: The Stresses of Caring for an Elderly Parent, New Hampshire Magazine, June 2014 Issue)