David never imagined he would become a primary caregiver to his aging father. But there he was, at 52, spending almost all of his free time stopping by his father’s house to help.
He originally did it because he felt bad for his father and didn’t want the rest of his family to think he was callous or indifferent. He knew his father needed help, but deep down he was reluctant to step up. He just didn’t want to be thought of poorly.
Also, deep down in the emotional well of his mind, David knew he was unprepared for this. He never had any experience supporting somebody in these types of situations. There was never a reason to in the past.
At the time, David knew nothing about senior care. He assumed that a person who might need some type of “senior care” would be an individual who had significant needs, such as a person who was bedridden or in a wheelchair.
He never realized senior care could be an asset for somebody like his father, somebody who was still mobile, physically able to get around with some assistance, or someone who only needed a minimal level of assistance.
The stress began to build.
For David and his father, stress began to be an increasing problem in both of their lives as well as their relationship. The more David helped, the more often his father seemed to call for assistance.
This began to interfere with David’s career, his responsibilities, and even his personal time. Divorced and without children, it wasn’t as though David had a lot of other obligations in that sense, but he enjoyed playing tennis, golf, and getting together with friends for poker nights.
Many of those things were taking a backseat because he was constantly running over to his father’s house to help him out with this, that, and the other thing.
Stress began playing a bigger and bigger role in his life. This frustration poured over into how he talked to and dealt with his father. And, as a result, that was affecting their personal relationship.
Senior care saved both of them.
When David finally realized this wasn’t working out for either of them, he looked into senior care options. He talked about them with his father, who readily agreed at that point in time.
When they hired a senior care provider, somebody with experience, both David and his father benefited. It was the best decision they made and they realized fully just how much of an asset professional, experienced senior care offers.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN HENDERSON, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.