Devising a good care plan for your elderly parents can go a long way in the journey you’re about to embark on. You see, in their age the needs alter, the requisitions are much more complex and sensitive and taking care can get a little tricky. Just like taking care of an infant is. Below I will describe certain methods with the help of which you can take care of your elders in the best possible ways and keep them and yourself very happy. I promise, the process will be very fulfilling and you’ll love the experience! So, let’s begin.
- Prepare you home:
This is the first tip that I will give you; customize your home. Up till now, your home was a place for you and your spouse, maybe you have got kids, and maybe you’re single. But you’ve never really come across the necessities that and elder’s home possess. Now, to begin with you must de-clutter your space so that navigation is no more a trouble for the elderly. Make sure that you’re arranged all the furniture strategically and there is no cords thrown around the floors. Make sure you tape them to the floor or walls and oh! Keep the place all lit and airy.
- Essential Installments:
You will need to install more lights in the home, specifically night lights in the hallways, kitchen, your elder’s own room and their bathroom. You need to install grab bars in the bathrooms near the shower and the bath tub. Consider getting anti-skid pads for the shower and place one near the bath tub to avoid slipping. If you don’t already have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed in your house, consider installing them because the elderly are more prone to their effects compared to adults.
- Talk It Out:
You need to talk to your elders before you take up the responsibility of caregiving. You need to determine all the boundaries, everything that they require help with, finances and much more. You should consider this before they’ve moved in the same house as you. Outline all the major areas of caregiving and determine their views with regards to all the help you have to offer them.
- Get Professional Help:
Although this particularly applies to people who have their elders in a more sensitive condition and are very old, but do consider talking to a geriatric care specialist before you take up the responsibility of nursing for your parents. They might help you clear everything with regards to requisites of caring for the elderly. There are other professionals that you might need to seek help of, such as lawyer and financial advisers to handle their property and pension matters. Do not, by any means delay getting all the legal matters done and dusted with.
- Visits to The Doctor:
Don’t think you can take the visits to doctors lightly or that you can simply wait the whole visit out in the waiting area. You definitely need to be as involved as you can possibly be in the whole meeting. Talk to your doctor all about the causes and symptoms of the disease, if your parent has any. Discuss with them all the medicinal options along with their side effects. Make sure to get information about their dietary needs, better yet, keep a notebook! While the doctor is speaking, not stuff down so you don’t forget any important detail. While your home, notice the effect of each medicine on your parent’s health. Talk to them about it, ask them how they feel after taking a particular medicine.
- Social Interactions:
Keeping your parents indoors way too much can lead them to getting stressed. Elderly people are normally more prone to getting depressed, and therefore you need to pay special attention to the amount of social interaction they are receiving. Have your kids play with them, invite your relatives over and plan family reunions every now and then. Take them out for a walk, or a dinner. Get them involved in hobbies and various courses, whatever they like! It could be especially challenging if your elder parent doesn’t like going out. They do not understand the beneficial effects of it and therefore keep themselves caged up and get more depressed.
- Manage The Work:
If you feel like you cannot take care of your parent all by yourself, try getting help. You can simply seek help from your family members. Chances are you’ll find help pretty easily, but if you still can’t seem to get any help then consider getting a professional carer. Or better yet, cut out on your work hours. I understand that it would mean lesser pay but here’s the deal. You can try carer’s allowance to make up for the lack. Hopefully it will suffice.
I hope these tips would help you get through this phase in a stress-free manner and you’ll successfully keep your elder happy and healthy.
This post is written by Chris Palmer who is a public speaker. He has got a lot of valuable information about dementia and elderly care.