As more and more children are assisting with in-home adult care for their elderly parents, they are encountering the stressfulness of dementia and Alzheimer more frequently. Part of the reason more children are having to learn how to manage the stresses associated with these ailments is that more seniors are choosing to age-in-place and remain in their homes.
As such, mindfulness-based dementia and Alzheimer care is becoming more prevalent. This type of care requires focusing on the present moment from the patient’s perspective without any judgments. Doing so helps caregivers to help gain insight into their elderly patients’ minds and develop effective practices to help them remain grounded.
With in-home caregiving services readily available, there is no reason your parents cannot remain at home, even if they are starting to show signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. However, the stresses associated with the type of care your parents require can be very emotional and stressful and could even lead to experiencing depression yourself, unless you develop solid foundations using mindfulness-based care.
What Is Mindfulness-Based Care?
Aside from focusing on the present moment to provide care, this type of care requires caregivers to learn specific techniques and skills that can enable them to manage their emotions and stress. Caring for senior parents who have memory issues can be painful for their children.
The first step to developing the techniques and skills for this care method is to simply put it into practice. Start living in the moment when you are caring for your parents, whether it is for a few short hours or the entire day. Essentially, we should set aside our own personal things that tend to go through our minds, like errands we need to run, chores we need to do around our own homes, and so on.
Instead of occupying your mind with these things, let them go momentarily while spending time and caring for your parents. Slow down and appreciate the time you have with your parents, whether they are having good days or bad days.
Doing so allows you to start to develop and understand how difficult things are for your parent when he or she is having a bad day. Plus, you learn how to integrate various responses to address behaviors and be able to effectively communicate with them through mindfulness-based care.
In addition, mindfulness-based care also requires building a support team between all family caregivers. You do not need an extensive team, either. It could be yourself and an in-home caregiver. The objective is to be able to find strength and mutually support each other while developing mindfulness practices.
This allows all family caregivers to have someone they can share their struggles and happiness with and not have to keep things “bottled up.” As a result, not only do your parents receive better quality care but, also, you are better able to care for them.
To learn more about mindfulness-based care or for in-home caregiving services for your elderly parents, please feel free to contact Home Care Assistance San Antonio at 210.495.6300 today!