Not every aging parent wants to spend their senior years in nursing homes, and sometimes care homes may not be an ideal option for various reasons. Some parents will love to remain at home with their neighbors, loved ones, and the familiar environment. If that’s the case, additional help is required to ensure that your aging parents are well taken care of in the comfort of their homes. Unfortunately, helping aging parents is not the easiest thing to do as it requires a lot of patience, understanding, and can become a time-consuming routine. So, are you looking for ways to care for your aging parents at home? Here are some tips.
Arrange for a caregiver
Taking care of an adult parent aging in place can be challenging, especially when your parents do not live with you or live close by. In such a situation, you should seek the services of a professional caregiver. However, it is essential first to discuss this with your parents. Be sure that your parents are comfortable with this decision. Also, ensure that you choose a caregiver with enough experience in taking care of aging adults. Fortunately, several online platforms such as careasone.com, have made the process of finding senior care comparatively easy.
Rely on family, friends, and neighbors
If you cannot afford a professional caregiver, you will need to pool all your human resources. Try contacting the neighbors and friends you trust to assist you in taking care of your parents. Loved ones are the most reliable, available, and trustworthy help anyone can get when help is needed. So, if you are lucky enough to have siblings, children, or extended family relatives, then this is the time to tap as much help as you can from them. Find out from each one how much time and effort they can afford to give, and in which aspect, as you will need all the help you can get. If your aging parents do not have specific health concerns requiring professional assistance, relying on neighbors and friends to be your eyes and ears is a great idea. This is especially important if your parents do not live close by.
Take necessary safety precautions
Whether your aging parents live by themselves or with you, it is essential to ensure that their living surroundings are as safe as possible. Always ensure that they have a constant supply of all the medications they need if they have specific health issues. Also, do your best to get rid of anything at home that can lead to accidents. For example, get rid of furniture you do not need, get exposed cables out of the way, tighten the handrails on stairs, provide a seat in the bathroom, provide a cane or walker, etc. It is also important to have all medications properly labeled to help prevent accidental poisoning.
With these tips, you can help your parents enjoy their senior years around their loved ones in the way they’ve wanted, with no stress to both you and them.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.