Elderly Parents how to prepare for their Care

October 21, 2011

Elderly Care at home

It can be tough trying to figure out how best to care for an elderly parent. You want to make sure that your parent gets the very best care while at the same time honoring their wishes. The best way to equip yourself for taking care of elderly parents is to prepare yourself in advance.

You should start to gather information on everything that you will need to make the transition as smooth as possible. This is the best way to make caring for an elderly parent a lot easier. Let’s take a look at a few of the things that you should do to get ready.

Properly evaluating your parents needs

The first step to taking care of your elderly parents is to evaluate their needs. You need to determine the type of care that your parent needs and whether you are able to provide it or not. Does your parent need someone to attend to them for a few hours out of the day? Or does your parent need close supervision around the clock day and night? You need to assess the condition of your loved one and determine if you are equipped to deal with their needs. You should consult with a physician and determine if the medical needs of your parent makes him or her a good candidate for in home care.

Properly preparing for daily tasks

The day to day routine of taking care of a parent can be an incredibly stressful experience. Elderly parents  could require to be washed and cleaned up after multiple times a day. You need to make sure that they are fed a proper diet and have assistance when going to the bathroom. There also needs to be some daily exercise like walking to keep the body and joints functioning properly. That does not even include doctor’s visits, trips to the pharmacy, and grocery shopping. Taking care of your parent can easily become a full time job. All of these activities can take a physical toll on the body and cause you to feel stressed out. That is why it is so critical to have help so you can unwind and decompress. An aide can help with many of these tasks enabling you to hold onto your sanity

Properly estimating income needs

You need to create a budget to start estimating the costs involved with caring for a parent. Taking care of a parent is an investment in time, energy, and money. It will cost you money to make sure that your parent has the very best care. You may need to make certain changes to your home environment or theirs  to make it easier for your parent to get around. You may also need to purchase some equipment like wheelchairs, canes, and other devices that help to make your parent more mobile. You should also find out the costs involved with hiring an in home assistant.

It is possible to effectively care for a loved one in your home environment with the right support system, health care help, and resources to make your parent feel comfortable.

We would love to answer any questions that you might have regarding the care of your aging parents.  Contact us via the web at: http://www.seniorhomecareusa.com

We can also be reached at 858-349-4240

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