No one likes the harsh realization that our parents are aging and need a helping hand to grow old comfortably.
The older they get older, the less independent they seem to become, and the more likely they are to reject assistance.
Below are some quick tips to help you!
Treat Them With Respect
First and foremost we must treat our parents at this stage of their lives with the utmost respect.
Talk with them and discuss your ideas or ask for permission with any big decisions needing to be made.
If they decide that they do want your help a good place to start is by going along to their appointments with their regular doctor.
As your parents age, it is challenging, and the last thing they want is to be a burden on their children.
If they’re physically able to take care of themselves there’s no need to suddenly start discussing mobility aids.
Do not be disrespectful towards your parents or interfere in their business without their consent.
Safety Always Takes Priority
If you parents are finding it tough to get around the house however, it might be a good idea to start looking at some possibilities.
Companies such as Age UK Mobility provide home visit services where they come and evaluate your parents home for possible upgrades.
These can be anything from handrails to walk in showers or baths. These simple yet effective changes to your parents home really help with keeping their independence.
If stairs are in the home you can look at getting an assistance device such as a stair lift, which allows them to use the stairs.
What about maintaining the garden? Is that something they can do or should you look at other options. Just because they’re old doesn’t mean you can let the gardens go.
If getting groceries is difficult for them perhaps it’s time you look into home delivery or one of the many options available today.
Be Supportive In Any Way Possible
You should be as supportive as possible towards your parents both physically and mentally.
Being unable to drive or to remember things can have a serious impact on a seniors self-esteem.
Consider encouraging your parents to develop new hobbies or meet new friends. Always ensure that they have reliable transportation to get around when possible.
Learn To Communicate With Their Specialists Or Doctors
Eventually the time will come where you will have to take care of their health or manage medications.
The importance of having a good relationship with their healthcare professionals is paramount. Nobody knows when an unexpected situation might occur, so you must be prepared.
Take notes when talking to their doctors and have them saved in your phone for reference.
Make sure your parents understand what the Doctor is explaining and that any instructions are clear to both you and them.
Be sure to keep track of their legal documents and medical information, and remember to follow up with your doctor’s instructions as older parents often forget their dosage and medications.