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The Loving Care Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Family Caregiving

By Vernon Shipway


  As our parents age, there comes with it the expectation that we will “return the favor” and care for them like they did for us growing up. For some people, caring for an aging parent may not be as feasible as it is for others. There are a variety of complications that may make it difficult for family members to provide the care that their parents may require. Some of these complications may include having divorced parents who cannot rely on their spouse for caregiving, adult children having families of their own and having to juggle the demands of their kids as well as the needs of their parents, financial stress, job requirements, etc.

  For some, the experience of caregiving can be a largely positive one, but for others the experience can have a negative impact. Caregivers have sighted difficulties with the emotional toll that caregiving can require (especially when providing for someone close to them), as well as physical and financial stress. While everyone wants the best care for their loved ones, it is also okay to acknowledge when you may not be able to provide the level of care that they may require. In these cases, there are options for additional support that you may be able to benefit from:

  • Aging-friendly neighborhoods: In recent years, there has been a push for more independent living/aging-friendly communities which are designed to offer support and give older folk spaces to participate in community led events.
  • Setting boundaries: depending on your parents' level of care needs, you may be able to set boundaries with them and explain what it is that you are/are not able to provide, and when you are available to provide that care.
  • Delegate: If you have siblings or other family members who live in the area, reach out and see if they can assist in some of the responsibility for your aging family member. Taking on specific days of the week or delegating tasks is a good way to avoid burnout, while also providing care on a regular basis.
  • Join a support group: Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your loved one. Seeking out support groups can be a good way of connecting with a community and expressing your own feelings.
  • Seek out paid caregiving opportunities: Respite care is specifically designed to allow for another caregiver to take over so that you can have a moment to yourself. Additional caregivers may also be of help if you and your family members are finding it hard to provide the level of care that your aging family member is requiring.

  Loving Home Care LLC offers Respite care as a part of our home care services. If you are struggling to take care of a family member or just need a few days to yourself, we are happy to create a care plan that works best for you and your loved one. Go to to learn more about our services and resources, or call us at 802-489-4927.

(Information sourced from PRB and Griswold Homecare).