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Parent/Child Role Reversal


Thanks to modern medicine and a better understanding of health and wellness, people are living longer. But with every additional year, there is a greater possibility that their care of seniors will fall to their children. For aging family members, there are various levels of care and multiple ways to provide them the support they need. Parent/child role reversal is a stressful change that some may face when their loved ones become older, especially when seniors become more reliant on others for help in daily tasks and functions.

Signs to Start the Reversal Process:

  • Memory problems and cognitive issues
  • Diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's
  • Mobility issues with stairs, walking or getting up
  • Confusion or uncertainty with familiar tasks or chores
  • Missing important appointments or paying bills on time

What to Expect:

  • Focusing on better communication will help both sides, regardless of what your senior is able to understand fully, is important. Talks about financials and health care needs are essential to involve your loved one in the decision-making process of their lives, all while maintaining respect.
  • The relationship between you and your loved one may change. Keep in mind that you are not acting like a parent but as a caregiver, so be careful not to talk or treat them like a kid. Even though they are somewhat dependent on you, they will still see you as their child.
  • It will be a trial-and-error process but being flexible, patient, and rearranging your schedule will make this change easier to handle. Don't be afraid to coordinate with siblings, other family members, or a service to help lessen the number of responsibilities.

No matter what the situation may be, we are always willing to help with your senior's needs. At Evergreen Senior Living in Decatur, we offer the best care while still giving your family member their independence. Visit our website or call today to see how we support your loved one in every way possible.

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