A Guide to Caring for Aging Parents
and Keeping them Healthy
By Mia Ackerson
If you have a parent that is aging and needs some help with staying on top of their health and staying safe, you might be wondering how to handle the situation without abusing your elders’ rights. Trying to figure out what their needs are and making all of the decisions can be quite overwhelming. Because it is such a delicate topic here is a guide on who you can care for your aging parents and keep them healthy.
Firstly, Assess Your Parent’s Needs
Caring for an aging parent is not a simple thing to do as you are never sure what their needs and wants are. To make sure that there are no problems, ask them what their needs and wants are in everyday life. Write down in one place so you can keep track and figure out everything that you and them will need. Once you have assessed all their needs, you can start making a plan on how you can keep them safe and healthy, both of you being overwhelmed. For senior in-home care services, reach out to Comfort Keepers today.
Think about your own needs and abilities
As we all know everyone has a different place in their life. Before you make the decision that you will take care of your parents all by yourself, make sure that you think about your life and your needs too. Ask yourself if your parents' health needs professional help or you can learn the procedures that are needed or will they come to live in your home or you will move to their home. It is important that you are aware of your relationship, if it is toxic and has been that way it may not be a good idea for you to live together. Before committing to such an important and responsible thing, think about how you can incorporate your life with them, instead of living their life.
Understand Your and Their Financial Situation
It is important that you understand that taking care of an elder will cost more money than you anticipate. To be prepared, make sure that you are estimating all the furniture and remodel costs as well as potential medical care, food as well as any medicine and caregiving supplies that they might need.
You Must Take Care of Home Safety Basics
Older people are more likely to trip, hurt themselves or even fall, that is because you must take care of all the safety hazards in the home. By preventing falls and injuries from happening you will let them be as independent as they can.
You will have to make sure that all the walkaways are cleared of clutter, slippery rugs and cords. Another thing that you might want to add is grabbing bars in the bathrooms as well as stair railings that are sturdy. Buy a shower chair that makes the bathroom accessible and allows you or a caregiver to transfer aging patients over a toilet seat and bathtub. Make sure that you have proper flooring. Some of the best options for flooring are:
- Carpet- most people think that carpets are the best option for senior citizens. They are good and offer comfort underfoot. They can be dangerous because they can slip and trip over them.
- Vinyl flooring- many specialists opt for vinyl flooring because it is so durable, easy to maintain as well as not being slippery while providing cushion underfoot.
- Cork flooring- just like vinyl, cork flooring is a great option if you are looking for something smooth and cushioned but water-resistant at the same time.
Communication Is Always the Key
The most important thing to keep a healthy relationship with someone is by communicating properly. It will make taking care of them so much easier if you keep in touch with them. That is because communicating will prevent safety hazards, loneliness and isolation, which can have as negative effects as being physically hurt. Always make sure that you are easily accessible.
Taking care of anyone can be a tough thing if you have never done it before. The most important thing is to communicate with them and work together not against each other.
Mia Ackerson is a Melbourne-based freelancer who is interested in business, technology, interior design, home improvement, beauty, gardening, baking, and cooking. You can follow her on Twitter.
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