Taking Care of Your Elderly Family Members - 5 Things You Can Do Today
It's hard for adult children to accept the fact that their parents are ageing and losing their strength and good health, but the time comes when they must face that and start thinking about the best ways to help them continue the good life.
Here are several essential things you should consider when planning the care and welfare of your elderly family members.
Have the talk
No child regardless of their age wants to think about their parents nearing the end of their days, much less talk about it. But, this is a necessary conversation you need to have with your siblings in order to come up with the best strategy that will provide desirable living arrangements for your parents, their long-term care, financial resources and funeral wishes. Have the talk while your parents are still healthy and let them express their wishes as well. Keep an open mind, be compassionate and understanding and youll surely reach the best solution.
Weigh out the care options
As much as your parents are independent today, chances are that at some point in the near future, they will need some sort of care. Options range from assisted living communities, retirement villages, nursing homes to in-house care. Making the best choice will greatly depend on your parents' health condition and needs, your available budget and collective wishes.
If your parents choose to stay in their own home and your busy schedule prevents you from visiting them daily, you might opt for caregiver services on a daily basis. They will assist your parents with their health care and with any other household chores. Moreover, if your parents are of different ethnicity, they might feel more comfortable with multicultural aged care service that provides helpers who excel in patient care but are also bilingual, diverse and culturally aware.
Maintain contact and visit often
Its essentially your own personal choice how much and how often youll keep in touch with your parents, but in reality, theres probably very little if anything, thats keeping you back. All it takes is just a little organisation and determination.
Make an effort and call your parents regularly, whether it's every morning or twice a week. And even though modern technology bridges over any distance, visit them because nothing beats seeing you in person. This will help them suppress boredom and reduce the risk of depression.
Support their social life
It's a sad fact that a huge percentage of older adults feel very lonely, even if they live in an urban area. If that's the case with your ageing parents, encourage them to attend social gatherings and local community events. It will take their mind off of their current issues and help them overcome their shyness and meet new people of any generation.
You can also get involved as well and take your parents out yourself and go shopping, have dinner together or catch a movie. Bring them to your office for a visit, if your company policy allows it. It is a good way to assure your ageing parents that they are still very much relevant in your hectic daily schedule.
Introduce them to modern technology
There's a double benefit from introducing your parents to modern technology. For one, you'll be able to communicate with them regularly, especially if you don't live close. Secondly, once they see what opportunities it offers, particularly social media, they'll be thrilled to use it. Most of all, they'll be able to reconnect with old friends, check people's post and latest news, and watch interesting videos online. It will help them stay in touch with you and the rest of the world and make them feel less isolated.
However busy you get as an adult, make some room for your ageing parents. There are so many simple, little things you can do to help them be happier, safer and get all the attention and care they need.