They always say that children are blessings to parents. But in reality, children are more blessed for having parents who gave up everything for the sake of their children's convenience. Just imagine all the pain and sacrifices that our folks had given us.
If you entertain the thought of leaving your parents in a home care facility, think again. For others, this is reasonable particularly that aging parents needs attention more than ever. But isn't satisfying to take the responsibility of caring our old folks? After all, this is the best time to perfectly show how much we appreciated them for giving us all the comforts in life.
So before you dial the elderly facility number, read some suggestions on how to care for aging parents:
- Before anything else, ask yourself if you are ready to take the role. Are you emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially capable of everything? You can discuss this with your family, siblings, and relatives and for sure they would offer good suggestions. Keep in mind that taking care of aging parents is a very emotional chore. There are times that you might scold them because of irritable situations so controlling your feelings is important. If you feel that you are not ready to take the challenge, and another family member is willing to care for your elders, go on. Take time to relax and read self-help books that will help you become emotionally and mentally fit later on.
- When someone volunteered, don't hesitate to say yes. It doesn't mean that they disapprove of your nursing style or treatment. Perhaps, they want you to enjoy more free time and to unwind a little bit. If nobody from your family or relatives is lending you a hand, you can ask support from organizations and churches.
- Respect your parents' feelings and thoughts. If they have some wishes, pay attention to those and try to make it happen. If they behave like a child from time to time, you must know how to handle the situation.
- Taking care of our elders can be a tedious task, so break some routine. A walk in the park, conversations over a cup of tea together with their friends, reminiscing old photographs, and so much more can be injected to their day to day activities. Of course, this is a case to case basis depending on their behavior during that day.
- If your aging parents have illness, this is another story. You might need to seek medical attention for this matter. If treatment is nothing serious and all they need is rest and continuous medication, consider hiring a caregiver to help you out. And don't forget to make a list of his doctor's appointment so you won't miss anything. Regular check-ups are vital.
- Make your home safe for elders. If your old folks room is on the second floor, consider or construct a room in the first floor instead. Accidents can be prevented if they don't climb the stairs every now and then.
- Lastly, encourage your family and other relatives to visit your aging parents. Encourage this on weekends, holidays or even on days when there are no special occasion. You will notice that they are glowing with so much happiness if there are people in the house.