Each summer the government releases the American Time Use Survey. In this report, it’s said that men work an average of 8.4 hours each day while women work an average of 7.9 hours. Commute times average around an hour each day. If you consider that to be 9 hours spent at work and add it to the recommended 8 hours of sleep, you have 8 hours left to fit everything else in.
Of those 8 hours, you need to fit in things like household chores, which comes to almost 3 hours. There are also daily showers, grooming, personal care, helping children with homework, pet care, relaxation, and time to socialize.
Look at the statistics from the Family Caregiver Alliance. Family caregivers spend an average of 2.8 hours each day caring for a parent. Your mom may not need that much care, but even minimal care tends to require an hour and commute times getting to and from your mom’s house.
It isn’t long before the care your mom needs is eating up all of your free time. You’ll end up having to delay plans with friends and family members. You have to push aside your appointments to have time to drive your mom to and from the doctor and dentist. You’re pairing your grocery shopping trips with your mom’s.
Think about the other things your mom needs help with. If she needs you to cook her meals, you’ll spend hours each weekend getting those meals prepared and ready to reheat. If medication reminders are needed, you’ll be on the phone or stopping by to make sure she does. Consider all the time it’s going to take and see if it’s really feasible to help her with everything.
Senior care services help your mom with daily chores like meals, medication reminders, cleaning, and transportation. When you do stop by to see your mom, it’s all been taken care of. You can sit down and spend quality time for her.