If you and your senior are changing her living situation to one in which she lives with you, there are some emotional and mental changes that come along with that physical shift. You might not even notice them until they show up unless you know what to watch for.
Adjustments Need to Be Made
Everyone who lives in the home is going to need to make some adjustments. Some people are going to be more adept at this than others are. Everyone in the family has their own place and adding someone to the home is going to shift those spaces a bit, both physically and emotionally. Try to make sure that everyone has what they need in order to work through their feelings around this change.
Everybody Won’t Be Happy, Especially Right Away
It’s also important to acknowledge that not everyone is going to be happy, especially at first. This might mean that you, your senior and even other family members all might have some residual feelings going on. Even if family members weren’t able to help your senior or make space for her at their homes, they might still have feelings about her moving in with you. This is all going to take time to work through.
The New Might Wear Off Fast
It might be exciting for both you and your senior to have her move in with you. Your senior in particular might be happy to have this new situation. But the “new” can wear off pretty quickly and when that happens, little situations are more likely to rub your senior the wrong way. The reality of her new living situation can be tough to handle, especially if she’s feeling particularly worn down about the fact that she needs more help now.
You Need Some Time Just for You
One of the biggest problems that you might run into yourself is that you’re not able to prioritize your own self-care as well as you might have been doing in the past. When your senior is in the same home as you, that makes it more difficult for you to have time away. It’s vital that you make sure you are getting time away, even if that means hiring elder care providers who can take over for you from time to time.
It’s really important that you face these situations head-on when you notice them. If you try to ignore them or hope that they’ll just disappear, you’re going to be disappointed.
If you or a loved one are considering Elder Care Services near Lancaster City PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author
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