The Golden Years Has A Completely Different Meaning Than It Once Did
At some point during your career, you may have thought to yourself, “How will I spend my golden years in retirement?”
Most people spend roughly 20-40 years and sometimes even more time working long days to provide for their family and save for the future.
The Daily Grind
Who can relate to the monotonous routine of getting the kids on the bus in the morning, picking them up in the afternoon, taking the dog for a walk, collecting the trash, doing the dishes, and transporting them to and from sports fields all while trying to balance a career or managing your own business?
We all go through the stages of this wonderful life trying to do our best to get through the days, weeks, and years of “chaos”, clinging to the hope that one day all of our hard work and sleeplessness will be rewarded with time, money, and the ability to enjoy the sunshine.
A Longer Life Expectancy
Now more than ever, people are living longer lives. According to a United Nations database, the average lifespan for Americans continues to increase year over year.
This can be a wonderful blessing but it also comes with challenges that we ourselves and the society as a whole may be tasked with.
We all anticipate helping our parents as they get older by running errands, taking them to doctor appointments, or helping them recover from surgery. But the majority of adults do not fathom that they may one day be the primary caregiver for a parent that has lost the ability to perform the activities of daily living. As the average life expectancy continues to increase, this is becoming a reality for more and more people.
If you are like me and have been dealing with this challenge or may need to in the future, you will probably agree that we want to do everything in our power to take care of our parent’s needs. We all want what’s best for our parents as they become less and less capable of caring for themselves. The last possible option is often bringing in outside help. Sometimes this is due to financial restraints, trust, fear of a parent’s loss of dignity, or the feeling of guilt.
Who Will Be The Primary Caregiver?
Being responsible for a parent’s daily hygiene, meals, mobility assistance, medication management, transportation, and finances may be easy for some, but this new role could ultimately turn life upside down.
What if you knew that was a community resource to provide these services for your parents in a compassionate, professional way? And that the organization shares the same values that matter to your family, with the expertise to “allow” you to be the daughter or son, and not a caregiver.
MB HomeCare has the ability to create a balance between having a relationship with your aging parent and being solely responsible for their care. Rest assured that solutions exist to fit every scenario or income level and that we are here to help you find the best living environment for your loved one. We are extremely passionate about the level of care seniors in our community receive, and the health and wellness of family caregivers.
Life is short. Let us be there to care for your mom or dad the way you would and put your focus on spending quality time with them during their Golden Years. Give us a call at 410-494-1441.