Tips for Taking Care of Your Parents as They Age
Apart from the unconditional love, there is also the fact that your parents gave birth to you and natured you all through which is a lot. Naturally, you would want to take care of your parents as they age, because this feels like parenting in reverse. Here are some tips and how you can go about that.
You need to know that your parents are okay and they also need to know that their child is okay, which makes frequent contact a great place to start. We sometimes can get busy and even forget when we last spoke to them, and this is why it is very important to even mark the calendar so that you have some point of reference. If they are tech-savvy, a video call will make you and them feel like you actually visited and is even better. This is especially important if one of the parents recently passed to avoid the one alive falling into loneliness and depressions. You should remember that no matter how many times you call them, you still need to visit. Seeing them in person helps you see things that you would otherwise have missed.
They will need the elderly caring in the futures, which is not exactly cheap and this is another thing to plan for. You should account for each and everything that they may need from the foods to the home safety modifications and the caregiving supplies. It will not be easy to talk to oy parents about the finances but this is a vital conversation. They should know about the forms of abuse that they may face and the potential financial exploitations.
The other thing that you need to worry about is their sociability since a third of the seniors have been reported to be lonely. Meaningful social contacts that can be through seeing an old colleague or friend and volunteering will help than a great deal once in a while and when you visit, you should research, find suitable social gatherings and encourage them to go. If they do not have pets, this us another thing that you should consider since pets are a great companionship and will give the, something to do, alongside making them feel loved.
You should also plan for activities like watching cinemas once in a while with them, as this will give them something to look forward to and allow you to spend time with them. You can also teach them to use modern technology like social media for instance, because this will give you more thing to do. Elder people are prone to falls and slips and to avoid this, you should consider installing safety features like stair and bathroom railings, bright light and accessible switches and a step stool among others. You parent still need their independence and some little help, and you have to remember to find the right balance.