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Caring for an Elderly Parent? You Are Not Alone

Posted by Brian Shevel on 27 February 2014

With more and more children caring for their elderly parents, many may just find the roles reversed, with the kids worrying about leaving their parents alone when they run errands or go to the gym.

Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region, the Greater Toronto Area's leading provider of in-home care, reports that 44 million adult children are caring for their senior parents at home in addition to their own families, leading to what's been dubbed the "sandwich generation."

Caring for elderly parents still traditionally falls on women, which can make caring for their children difficult if the resources for child care are not in place. This can add stress to a family and force them to use band-aid solutions and deal with problems as they arise, instead of planning ahead.

People are living longer lives now and may face many health issues. Their children, regardless of whether they are men or women, may not be able to cope with caring for them, as it goes without saying that it is a completely different experience from caring for children. What's more, the children's parents may not want their help, choosing to instead maintain their independence.

This is where Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region comes in. We provide professionally trained healthcare professionals who care for your elderly parent in their own home, condo, or apartment, letting them keep their personal freedom and allowing you to focus on your family.

This role reversal can be hard on adult children; their parents have traditionally been sources of strength, and to see them in need of care can take a toll. While this can cause old sibling rivalries to flare up again, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region tells their clients that this can also be an opportunity to set aside your differences and come together in the care of your parents. We recommend staying in regular contact with your siblings as well as our home caregivers to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

There are also support groups for adult children who are assisting in the care of their elderly parents. Just talking to a friend over coffee can often help as well.

At some time in your life, you may find yourself caring for an older person. However, this does not have to be a burden. At Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region, we offer our clients resources on how to face this daunting situation and overcome it.

Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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