This is the second part of our blog post series about moving back home to live with your parent/parents. (You can find Part 1 here.) There are various potential reasons for such a decision. One of them is supporting elderly parents (or one elderly parent) and becoming their informal caregiver.
Such a step can turn out to be a rewarding experience. Still, many people find the additional responsibilities challenging – mentally as well as physically. That’s why we have started with compiling a few tips around the subject.
How to get a little help when moving back home to take care of your parents
The necessity of self-care when acting as a caregiver is a well-known fact that we have already addressed in part 1. However, this does not mean it is always easy to achieve. Not everybody can delegate part of the workload to other family members, e.g., siblings or life partners.
Maybe you don’t have any other family members available for support. Maybe you cannot or do not wish to hire an external caregiver.
Still, it’s worth keeping in mind that there are still options to outsource at least some of the work:
- Get your groceries delivered by either your supermarket or one of the various grocery delivery services.
- Ordering food with an online service is about much more than just ordering a pizza or a sandwich like it used to be! There are various meal-delivery options that bring restaurant food as well as snacks right to your door. There are even options for those that follow dietary restrictions. Another possibility is a subscription to a meal kit service.
- Depending on your parents’ activity level and care that is needed, a medical alert device might be an option for some added peace of mind and help in an emergecny situation.
- Even if you usually do the household chores yourself: Maid and cleaning services provide an on/off alternative. This can especially be helpful for heavier household chores like window washing or deep cleaning.
What about other reasons?
Needless to say, caregiving is only one of the possible reasons for moving back home. That’s why our next blog post will consider a few more of these reasons, and what to keep in mind when doing so.
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