As life moves way too quickly (if you are not already there) pretty soon you are going to be the one who has to take care of your parents instead of wise versa. That is why it is always a good idea to start thinking ahead. Following are a few tips on how to get prepared for, and take care of your elderly parents:
- Getting prepared
At first communication is the key. No matter how uncomfortable it may feels it is very important to have an open talk with your parents about what is about to come. Make sure you take some time to listen to their opinions, priorities fears etc.
Talk about their will and finances. It is crucial that they have one prepared. Also, ask them if they would be comfortable giving you a power of attorney to manage their finances. This may be very helpful for any unpredicted event that may come in the future.
As every child, you probably want what is best for your parents. For you to have the info needed to make an educated decision you have to gather a lot of information. If this means putting your parents in a senior housing facility, you have to do your research and put them in the best one available. Also, try making a few phone calls to find out if there are any senior services in their neighborhood.
- Taking care of your home-living parents
If you and your parents decide it is best for them to stay in their house, you can still do your best to make yourself useful to them. Here is what you can do:
Make the house safer. This means installing smoke detectors in their house, labeling the chemical detergents, medications etc. Provide them with emergency phone numbers. Also, you can install a medical alert system, so you and your parents can sleep easier at night.
Check their food supply. Stock their shelves and refrigerator with everything they might need. Also, have a grocer deliver the food they need.
Make sure they are able to drive. This means having their vision checked, checking the validation of their driver’s license, providing them with alternative transport solutions etc.
- Taking care of your parents living in a nursing home
If your parents are residing in a nursing home you can still do your best to help and make their lives better. Here is what you can do:
Make sure they socialize. As people get older, they tend to get less friendly. Visit your parents often and make sure they have made some friends. If not, you may want to talk to some of the employees at the nursing home.
Check if the staff is treating them well. Talk to your parents and see if they are content with the care they are being provided with. If there is something missing, don’t hesitate to talk to someone responsible.
PS If you are located in Portland Oregon and are interested in more info on in home care in Portland, Oregon, services contact a local center for more information.