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3 Tips For Taking Care of Your Elder Parents
A lot of us have aging, retired parents who are becoming more and more dependant on us to take care of them. This might mean that they have moved into your house or that they require more contact/visits from you. Either way, you might need some tips on how to take care of your elderly parents.
Your parents need to socialize and not just with you and the rest of your family. They need to be able to feel independent and do things by themselves. This might be as simple as going to bridge club each week, or it might mean going on a trip with their friends. You parents need to feel that they can do so and this might mean that as their child, you need to make them feel confident in doing so or even help get them to and from places. If they socialize and have a life of their own that is outside of you, then everyone will be happier. That isn’t to say that you want to get rid of them, but it is good to have space, and for them to be able to do their own things. If one of your parents has lost their partner, then this is even more important and they might need even more support to want to go and do things. However, you need to do what you can to help them enjoy the twilight years of their lives.
Changes At Home
If your parents have moved back home, then you might need to make some changes around the house. This might be as simple as moving objects to lower shelves so that they can reach them without needing to stretch or fitting your house with a chair lift so that they can get up and down stairs much easier. In-home elder care is also about making small changes to your regular habits and taking into account that they are there. This might mean including them in the school run or asking them to come shopping with you, or it might include asking them on family holidays or even giving them jobs to do around the house. You should try to integrate your parents into your lives as best you can, and this will help make the transition and living together a much easier and enjoyable experience.
Your parents are likely at that age where they need to take daily medication for one thing or another. Ensuring that they take them can be the difference between life and death, but you should also make sure that they don’t take too many. You can help by reminding them about taking their medication and also by purchasing one of those pill boxes with the days of the week on it and helping to refill them. Your parents will also need to do exercise. They don’t need to start running marathons, but they do need to be active. This might be as little as going on a daily walk around the neighborhood or taking the dog for its daily walks, but something is always better than nothing.
Over to you
Are you starting to take care of aging parents? What tips do you have for others?