As our elderly parents move into their retirements, children need to remember to provide them with the care they need. For many elderly adults, retirement means a new scheduled time to take medications, visit the doctor or receive hearing aid care advice. Carefully follow doctor's orders and consult medical professionals as needed. It can also be beneficial if elderly parents have grocery shopping lists on hand to prevent misunderstandings about what food items they are looking for. Ensure that elderly family members have the contact information of all of their doctors in case they forget or become confused.
Hear no evil, See no evil
Older individuals should always keep up-to-date on hearing aids and eye prescription glasses to maintain independence as much as possible. Additionally, elderly parents may require help around the house due to worsening physical conditions. When elderly parents can no longer take care of their home, moving them into senior living assisted living or another care facility can be a good option. However, older people often resist this idea because they want to remain independent as long as possible for as long as it is practical and safe for them to do so.
Children must provide elderly parents with the regular attention that they need. This means giving visits even when elderly family members do not require any particular service from their children. Elders will appreciate seeing their families and should get an opportunity to do things that make them feel happy and included, such as picking out favorite foods at the grocery store or participating in holiday traditions like decorating the tree at Christmastime. Elderly parents usually want to spend time with their children and grandchildren, so making a schedule for family visits can be very helpful for elderly parents who have memory problems or who may not feel up to participating in extended visitations every single day.
Family members should also work together to provide elderly parents with the attention and assistance they need as they grow older. Since elderly individuals often resist leaving their homes due to fears of losing independence, adult children should take on more responsibilities around the house, from shopping for groceries and household items to doing yard work and hiring home maintenance services like lawn services, plumbers, and electricians.
Suppose elderly relatives cannot manage specific tasks anymore. In that case, elderly parents need to transition into assisted living or other elderly care. Many older people struggle with the idea of moving into senior housing since they fear that they will not get visitors and that the atmosphere will be impersonal. However, elderly care communities are very different from public nursing homes which can feel depressing to elderly individuals who want to continue to live a fulfilling life even as their health slowly diminishes.
Many elderly parents resist accepting assistance in coping with their disabilities because they want to remain independent as long as possible for as long as it is practical and safe for them to do so. While struggling with family members may sometimes seem like a burden, elderly parents appreciate children's patience and attention despite their conditions. Elderly parents need to have adequate elderly care to continue to enjoy their later years despite declining health.
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.