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Keeping an eye on your parents as they age is a natural extension of their role as your primary careers when you were a child.
The global population of seniors is growing which is perhaps unsurprising when you consider the advancements in healthcare. As your parents continue to age, they probably need a little more care than they used to.
If you’re an adult child caring for your elderly parents, this article should highlight a few ways to do the job as well.
Establishing a Routine
It is important to establish a routine for both you and your elderly parents when caring for them. This will help to ensure their safety and wellbeing as well as your own.
Try to stick to a similar schedule each day. This will include times for meals, medication, toileting, and exercise.
If possible, involve your parents in planning and carrying out the activities. This will help to keep them mentally active and engaged. Be sure to take breaks as needed and ask for help from family and friends when necessary.
It can be difficult to manage expectations when caring for elderly parents.
One way to do this is to set aside regular times for checking in and providing care, even if it’s just for a few hours at a time. It’s also important to be honest with your parents about what you can and can’t do.
Even with the best of intentions, it’s not always possible to meet all of your elderly parents’ needs. But by communicating openly and honestly, you can help to ensure that their expectations are realistic and that they understand your own limitations.
Dealing With Conflict
If you are taking care of elderly parents, it is important to be prepared for conflict. This can arise from a variety of sources such as disagreements about caregiving responsibilities, financial strains, or differing opinions about medical treatment.
It is normal to have some conflict in any relationship but it is important to try to resolve it in a constructive way.
It is also important to take care of yourself and set boundaries as needed. If you are feeling overwhelmed, seek out support from family, friends, or professionals.
Meeting Their Needs
As our elderly parents age, it is important to be aware of their changing needs and how best to meet them.
While their basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter remain the same, they may need help with activities of daily living such as personal care, cooking, and cleaning. They may also need assistance with transportation and managing their medications.
We should check in with them regularly to see how they are doing and if they need any help. If they are living alone, we should consider arranging for regular home visits or hiring in-home care to help them with their daily needs.
If you are planning to contact a retirement center that could attend to your elderly parents’ needs, see here for more information about their services.
Giving Your Love to Your Elderly Parents
It can be difficult to care for elderly parents while still maintaining a job and a life outside the home. However, it is important to remember that your parents have taken care of you and now it is time for you to take care of them.
These tips will help make your parents happy while still meeting their needs.
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