Hillsborough County Advice for Senior Care: 3 Tips for Baby Boomers

If you are one of the 76 million people born in the US between 1946 and 1964 you’re a baby boomer and make up a vital part of our country. Each day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65, the age when most begin to think about retirement. However, as the landscape of our country has changed, many factors have contributed to boomers being required to work longer. One of greatest contributing factors is the increased average life expectancy. It is now typical for people to live well into their 80’s if not 90’s where as in the 1950’s people were only expected to live into their 70’s. So now, unlike their parent’s, baby boomers are becoming responsible for caring for their parents much later into their own golden years.

Here are 3 tips for baby boomers who are now entering the role of caring for their aging parents.

  1. Keep your own goals in mind- You may have been comfortably settling in to being an empty nester, ready to begin checking items off of your bucket list when you suddenly had to change your focus to become are caregiver for one or both of your parents. Although you will need to make adjustments as you transition into this new role, it is important that you keep your personal and financial goals in mind to ensure that your life is not de-railed as a result of your new found duties.
  2. Enlist the help of a professional- If you are still working full time while trying to juggle caring for your aging parents you may want to consider enlisting the help of a Geriatric Care Manager. If you are having difficulties determining exactly what care setting is most suitable for your parent’s, or if you are struggling to have an honest conversation with your parent’s about their care needs a Care Manager can help. These trained professionals are skilled at bridging the gap between community resources, family members and the wishes of the senior.
  3. Get support- Baby boomers are known for cherishing community. Now that you have transitioned into a new role take the time to connect with others in a support group. Having the support of others who can relate to your stress, frustrations, and fears can help to make your caregiving experience a positive one.

For additional resources and information on caring for your aging parents visit www.bayshorehomecare.com.

Published Date: January 6, 2014

What Others Are Saying About Bayshore Home Care

  • I was apprehensive about engaging a service here not being familiar with the companies and concerned about my wife’s care while I was away working but it has worked out beyond our expectations. We both felt 100% secure and confident that [our caregiver] would properly…

    Lorenzo P.

  • To our friends at Bayshore: Congratulations for being among the best Tampa Bay companies to work for! We are on the receiving end of your great company and very much appreciate the care you provide.

    Rebecca J.

  • There is just no way that I can express my appreciation for what you have done for my Aunt over the years. With me being out of state, I cannot tell you what a Godsend you all have been and how you have cared for…

    Barbara C.

  • I want to thank you for making it possible for my mother to live at her home. Your caregiver made sure my mother took her medication, got nourishment, and made sure she was safe and comfortable.

    John V.

  • I want to thank the staff of Bayshore for the fine service provided to my father over the past four years while he was in his home and then a resident in an assisted living facility. Everyone was very responsive to my requests and always…

    Judy

  • Whether our residents need help with medications, bathing, companionship or just someone to lend a loving ear, the entire Bayshore team always responds promptly and has proved to us time and time again that they truly care.

    Senior Living Community
    Executive Director

  • Without Bayshore Home Care and the care and companionship they provided, I fear that my client would have been institutionalized. Your caregivers enabled my client to live in her home and enjoy a greatly enhanced quality of life as she was provided with the proper…

    Elder Law Atty.
    Pinellas County

  • Thank you so much for the caregivers you have provided for us. As you know, my husband had a very difficult post- operation period. I think that he has turned a corner now and is improving daily. The care that your staff provided made a…

    Janice M.

  • I really value the fact I do not have to worry about my mom while she is in your care. I also really value the socialization she is getting from your caregivers.

    Dean W.

  • The caregiver you sent us is a great communicator and provides a great loving environment for my Grandparents.

    Stacy M.