Elderly Care

Helping our parents adjust to old age is part of life's cycle. Sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly, we find ourselves with more and more responsibility for looking after them. It can start with small jobs - the garden, the shopping and over time it becomes more intensive. We may watch our parents caring for each other and see them start to struggle. Our instincts are to want to help, but that help might not be welcome. Adjusting to these changing roles is a big emotional step for both parent and child. It can be especially hard if personal or intimate care is needed. There can be so many practical things to do - organising replacement care, dealing with an army of 'professionals' (none of whom seem to realise you have a life too), and not forgetting your other responsibilities like your job, your family, your friends, your social life. No wonder caring is one of the most stressful things we can do.