Short Guide On How To Take Care of Elderly Parents

Written by on October 21, 2019 in Conscious Living with 0 Comments

Elderly people deserve to have good care. Since ageing is a definite part of life and can’t be avoided, there are a few things we can do to ensure that the senior citizens have a good quality of life.


Understanding basic daily activities

Not every person is equally equipped to handle old age. Many elderly persons might have difficulty undertaking regular tasks. Things like functional mobility, self-feeding, dressing, bathing, personal and toilette hygiene are incredibly crucial for the emotional and physical health of an elderly person, let alone dignity. Taking this aspect into consideration is incredibly important, so investing in the necessary equipment is the first step. They may still need assistance after, so make sure to be patient and take care of their needs.


Ensuring support with secondary tasks

Not every daily activity is fundamental to independent functioning, but even secondary activities should be enabled as much as possible. Things like running errands, financial management, bills, and taking medication are very important. Sometimes you might have to help them with some tasks, other times it may be others in your family, and you can also get professional help to ensure these tasks get taken care of. Technology has come a long way, so don’t forget to make use of it as much as possible for things like reminders and bills.


Proper living arrangements

Elderly people might not need tons of space, but they do need comfortable living arrangements. Some might choose to stay at home, while others might seek alternatives. Staying in living communities, assisted or independent, can be a good choice, depending on if medical attention needed. In any case, you should be prepared to invest in geriatric care, especially if the elderly person requires medical help. In that case, don’t neglect to find a healthcare provider that you can trust, like Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Private Healthcare.


Managing finances

Finances are a vital aspect in any stage of life, especially during advanced age, since managing them isn’t quite so easy. One of the most important parts of managing finances is to see if your parents are eligible for some financial support from the government. In most cases, they are and you should make sure they use as much support as possible. Other than that, having a firm understanding of how they manage their finances is often advised.


Emotional support

Good quality of life is important, but if there’s one thing that everybody needs to be happy is to be supported emotionally. Staying in constant touch with your elderly parents will make them always feel appreciated, no matter the situation. It’s something you shouldn’t neglect doing, especially in their advanced age, as it’s something you might end up regretting.


Taking care of elderly parents is no easy task. It requires patience and dedication, and can often feel frustrating. Providing them with whatever they might need is very important, and you should always make sure you’re doing as much as possible.

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