Often, when the person in need is an elderly parent or aged relative, many will try their best to summon up their physical, emotional, financial and other resources to help. This can include sorting out the elderly person’s bills, driving the elderly person for medical appointments and also management of the elderly person’s finances. Other tasks may involve helping the older person locate a suitable place that will fulfil his or her needs. This can be independent living coupled with home health care with regular visits by relatives or the nursing home that has the appropriate medical personnel to care for the elderly. The earlier case sometimes manifest caregiver fatigue where the primary caregiver is overwhelmed by the duties and responsibilities required.
As with older people, they have a higher tendency to suffer from neurological and psychiatric problems ranging from anxiety disorders, depression to various forms of dementia. It is extremely tough for family members to deal with such major problems besetting the elderly. Another key issue is when the elderly person “self-neglects.” Some of the things they start to do, among others, include hoarding things, failing to take care of personal grooming and personal nutrition. These are warning signs that something is really wrong and the family members would have to make some really hard choices. Understandably, the elderly person may not appreciate these actions as this is construed as a very cruel act. Family members who are sincerely trying to help are most of the time left in an emotional distraught state. They also face conflicts within the family where the children have disagreements on what should be the best course of action for their parent. It is only through an objective assessment of the reality of the situation that the elderly person can be rendered the best possible aid or care.