1 in every 10 elderly people experiences some form of elder abuse in their lifetime. This statistic has many people making the choice to care for their aging parent at home rather than relying on strangers at an assisted living facility. It is not easy though, caring for the elderly can be a full-time job.
That is why we created this informative guide. So, keep reading to discover how to effectively care for your aging parent at home.
Identify the Care They Need
When caring for the elderly you must identify what their needs are right away. Make a list of what their routine is daily, weekly, and monthly. Be sure to write down things like doctor visits, medication reminders, social events, and physical activities.
Once you have a grasp on their needs and schedule you will be able to determine how you will rework your own schedule to accommodate their needs. Although you will be caring for them at home it is still possible you might need some occasional outside assistance or help from a family friend or relative.
Keep Them Active
If your parent is still of sound health and mind it is a good idea to keep them socially active and involved with others their own age. Consider setting them up with a program designed for active seniors or an adult daycare where they socialize.
These programs are nursing home alternatives that still allow you to stay in control of their care. Keeping them stimulated during the day is important and it can help give you the free time you need to maintain your routine.
Your aging parent might seem demanding or have unrealistic expectations at times. You might feel the urge to pull away or even have resentment towards them, however, this type of behavior and thinking will only put a strain on your relationship and make it harder to cope.
Instead, approach the situation with empathy. They likely feel ashamed that they are no longer able to care for themselves without assistance. Try to understand where they are coming from and keep communication open.
If you need to take a break that is okay. Give yourself time to be alone and collect your thoughts if you are feeling overwhelmed. You need to remember to take care of your mental health as well.
Caring for Your Aging Parent
Caring for an aging parent has its fair share of challenges, however, in the end, it is rewarding for you to be able to return the care they gave you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or enlist the help of a close friend or family member if you are feeling overwhelmed. Take time to yourself when you need it and try to do fun activities that include your parent as well.
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