There comes a time in life when our parents get older. They no longer have the ability to do many of the things they used to and sometimes they may even need help to do the simplest of tasks. When this happens, you may be looking at ways you can care for your elderly parents. Here are a few options to consider:
Work with an in-home caregiver
If your parent or parents have some medical issues and require specific medical attention, or even just help with hygienic tasks like baths and self-care, you could hire in home caregiver. This person could be a stand-in for you and your siblings if you don’t live nearby, helping with simple tasks like driving them to appointments and preparing meals. Or, an in-home caregiver could be a nurse who is present to help prevent any medical emergencies, trained to offer top-notch in-home healthcare. It is important that this person is qualified, or has taken a certified course.
Look into quality assisted living services
In some cases, your parent or parents may be at the point in their lives where they need constant attention. While you may want to provide them with this type of care yourself, this may not be possible if you’re a busy adult who has a career or children to raise.
Many people don’t want to put their parents in assisted living because of stories that go around about these places. However, with research and careful planning, you can find a great place where they can get the care they need to enjoy their last years of life.
Share the responsibilities with your siblings
If there are a few of you in your family, don’t take on the responsibility all by yourself. Splitting the costs of assisted living or a home caregiver can help ensure that your parents are taken care of without one of you having to stress about it all.
It’s also helpful if you all live far away to take turns visiting your parents so that they get to spend plenty of time with family. Perhaps you or a sibling live nearby but may not have a high budget. You can split responsibilities by checking in on your parents often, while siblings who may be better off help with expenses.
Set up weekly assistance for home duties
Maybe your parents are doing relatively well for their ages. However, the little things may be falling through the cracks. Whether it’s keeping up with home maintenance or having the yard mowed regularly, hire a lawn care company or even just a local teenager to help them out on a weekly basis, so they can live in a tidy house and have everything under control.
Additionally, you could also set up their home to be a smart home by installing tech that can alert emergency services when needed and make life easier for them.
Visit them often
At the end of the day, your parents are going to want to spend time with those they love. You may not have always had the best relationship with them or maybe you did. Either way, during these years of their lives, it could be a nice time to visit them as often as you can.
Not only will it make them happy, but spending moments with them in their elderly years can be beneficial for you as well. When you can’t visit them, consider sending care packages, notes, or little gifts to show them you’re thinking about them.
As your parents get older, you may need to take them on as an extra responsibility in your life. And that’s okay. After a lifetime of them looking out for you, making sure that their last years are comfortable is something that can help you connect with them more than ever before.
Whether you need to hire someone to help you care for your elderly parents or you split the responsibility with your family members, these tips can help you make life easier for your parents as they age.