Don’t panic if you are not aware of the way in which you can take care of your beloved elderly parents who have just moved into your house. It’s true, taking care of an elder involves taking measures you are not normally accustomed to, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Read our pocket guide to understand how you can effectively take care of your elderly parents really well.
Prepare Yourself and Your Home:
First of all, you need to reflect this decision quite seriously. You have decided to take care of your parent at home but can you fulfil this responsibility correctly? If not, you should already be considering a geriatric nurse who has specialized in dealing with the elderly or consisting an old-age assisting home if you parent is willing to shift there. But if you think you can manage it, you need to start assessing all the changes you will be making to your home. You want to have the furniture placed quite strategically to avoid any collisions. You should consider keeping all the cords arranged and taped to the floor. Lighting should be optimal round the clock. Anything that might prove a hindrance in the mobility needs to be taken care of.
Prescriptions and Health Care:
The second major responsibility you will probably be taking up will be off their medications. Now, it could be that your parents are perfectly healthy and require absolutely none of the medications but fair chances are, they will have some health issue by the time they need caregiving. You need to stay in-touch with their doctor and keep tabs on whatever medicines they are on. Make sure you buy them on time, so they don’t have to skip any, and always buy medicines from authentic and reputable pharmacies.
Handling the Finances:
There’s a fair chance that your parents will probably not be able to deal with the financial matters all by themselves, so you will need to arrange meetings with the attorney if there’s property or income source of your parents under question. You need to settle everything as soon as if possible. If any of your parents are starting to show any signs of dementia, you should probably accelerate the matters because taking care of mentally affected parents requires taking their guardianship legally. You should get on with these matters ASAP!
Take Care Of Yourself:
A very important tip that you cannot forget is to give yourself all the time you possibly can, after the caregiving. This process is going to leave you physically, mentally and perhaps emotionally drain. Be aware of the emotional changes that come in you over the course of time. If you find yourself withdrawing from the company, you need to stop and consider respite care instead. Taking appropriate care of yourself will ultimately lead to you taking better care of you parent. And that is the ultimate goal!
I wish you good luck! Hope this helps, and you keep your parents happy and healthy!
About the Author:
This post is written by Chris Palmer who is a comedian and a public speaker. He has got a lot of valuable information about dementia and elderly care. He regularly blogs at https://www.agespace.org/