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Taking Care of Your Parents when You Have Small Kids

If you are  a mother, chances are that you will need to make the most out of your time, and have limited resources to take a break. If your childcare is not challenging enough, caring for an elderly parent or a family member who has long term chronic conditions will make your days feel even shorter. It is important that you learn to ask for help when you can, and find a way to be there for everyone who needs you. Below you will find a few tips on how to care for your kids and your parents to the best of your abilities.

Ask Family Members to Help Out

There comes a time when you will simply need to accept that there is only one you, and there are only 24 hours in a day. Once you have understood this, you can learn how to ask for help. You will need to get your siblings to chip in, no matter how busy they appear to be. You might be the least selfish person, but you will need to put yourself first sometimes. You might team up with other parents to take turns when it comes to the school run or taking kids to after school clubs, so you don’t have to run around in circles all day.

Day Care Facilities

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If you are busy working or running your business during the day when your kids are in school, you don’t want to tie yourself up in caring for your loved one all the time. You can get day care services that will pick your parent up in the morning, take them out for the day, and let them socialize with people they can connect with. This will help you get on with your own life, while being certain that their needs are met by the care provider.

Supported Living

There are plenty of supported living facilities for older people, or those suffering from mobility issues or chronic conditions that need regular monitoring. The best thing about these facilities is that the health care team is there on site, ready to jump in, in case there is a problem. There is usually a great community of people that volunteer, and your loved one will be able to feel safe and supported in whatever they would like to do.

Home Care Services

If you only need a couple of hours a day to sort your life out and organize your schedule, you can get a home carer who will come and check on your loved one. If you don’t live nearby, this can mean the difference of a couple of hours out of your schedule. You don’t want to be running to your parents’ house straight after the school run every day, unless you have to. In case your parent has cancer, you will need to ensure that their condition is being monitored regularly.

Long Term Care for Holidays

It might also be a good idea to take a break from caring for your loved one every now and then. You can arrange long term care for holidays, and ensure that they are safe and cared for. However, you will need to do your research to ensure that the company is providing the type of care that is promised. You need to ask your loved one about their experience and contact nursing home abuse lawyers immediately, so the same type of neglect cannot happen again.

Get Your Kids On Board

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If you are the main caregiver for your kids and your parents as well, chances are that you will have to make a compromise every now and then. It is crucial that you make your kids understand that your elderly parents need you, so they can be more tolerant and willing to help out with chores around the house.

Discuss a Long Term Plan with a Physician

Uncertainty is one of the most challenging things about caring for an older parent. Find out as much as you can about their condition and discuss a long term care plan with their physician. However, it is also important that you find out what they prefer, and what makes them feel more relaxed and supported.

Having the responsibility for your kids might take up most of your time already. If you have to provide care and support for your elderly parents, too, the situation will become even more challenging. Consider the above options to successfully manage all your roles.

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has three daughters, ages 16,13,7 and a son who is 4. They currently reside in Texas.

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