While it may be a fact of life that most people choose to ignore, the truth is that everyone is going to get old sooner or later, if they are lucky. Part of being younger and able-bodied is a responsibility to provide the best care possible for elderly relatives, be they parents or grandparents, and sometimes it can be difficult to admit that someone you love and admire needs a bit of extra help. However, simple steps can ensure that everyone remains happy, healthy, and independent.
The transition from receiving care from parents to providing assistance is tough, but the step is an important one. Best of all, the sooner you start making arrangements for elderly relatives to receive the help they need, the better the quality of life for both them and yourself.
Too much, the trouble is that people do not want to admit that their parents are aging, even though aging is a natural and normal part of the human process. To provide the absolute best care possible, the first step is admitting that one might need a little bit of assistance in providing the best quality of life to one’s elderly relatives. This means admitting that aging is a fact that impacts one’s own family, and this can often times be very tough.
Before getting too upset about this transition, it is often comforting to think that many parents, even if they are physically a little weaker, have already made their own arrangements towards care and help. Most parents will have their retirement plan set up in one way or another, and some may even hire their own caretakers to avoid the option of an assisted living facility. Be sure to talk with your parents about their needs and desires, and make sure that all of their bills and obligations are in order. Allowing one’s parents to remain independent is one of the biggest parts of caretaking, and it is important to not make anyone elderly feel as though they are incapable of handling any of the arrangements in their own life, even if assistance is necessary.
Sometimes, the easiest option is actually the one that is most daunting: moving one’s parents into your own home. Providing a comfortable room and making sure that you talk to the rest of your family about this change is the best way to make this transition, where everyone has a clear understanding of the new arrangement and knows the importance of making sure that grandma or grandpa feels just as comfortable in your home as you do. Besides a safe environment without physical dangers, it is crucial to open your home as an inviting place where your own adult-age mother or father feels not just welcome, but actually at home and at ease.
Another option is providing around-the-clock care, which is often more affordable than people initally think. It is difficult to set a specific age at which this should occur, and is better discussed with a physician who can detail the needs of an eldery relative and determine whether or not it is a good option. Assisted care is also very important in keeping spirits up and allowing for a level of independence to still exist.
Regardless of if it is in one’s own home or their parents home, some steps need to be taken to optimize safety. Be sure to tack down all carpets, check out the house to make sure there are no physical obstacles, and provide a cell phone or a single-touch emergency response device so that, in case of an emergency, getting help is as simple as pressing a single button. This can decrease stress both for adult-age children and their parents alike.
Always remember that the best possible care for the elderly is providing an environment where they are not only physically safe, but emotionally happy. Keeping one’s spirits up is the most important factor in staying healthy, and should never be taken too lightly.
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