If you’re lucky enough, you will get to see and cherish your elderly loved ones in great health. But unfortunately, that does not happen very often. The amount of American elderly that are and above 65 years will be roughly 72 millions, as per the U.S. Census Bureau. Here, we are going to several steps you can take if you are concerned about your elderly parent’s health or overall lifestyle.
- Avoid Delay:
Senior members of a family generally feel reluctant towards discussing their declining health, mental health or even psychological issues. Sometimes, they are reluctant to admit they need help. Psychologically, they perceive it as losing independence. Sometimes, they simply turn a deaf ear towards their needs because they do not want to burden their children. You can start by looking for signs of any physical or mental disease. Once you perceive the degree of help you think they need, communicate your concerns to them. They might resist, but persistence is the key. Listen to them, but reason as persuasively as you can. This should do the trick.
- Keep the Paperwork Sorted:
Certified senior advisers and geriatric specialists often recommend keeping a binder to keep all the relevant documentation of your elderly organized and in one place. This binder must have the details of your parent’s bank accounts, insurance details, and most importantly all the medical details. If possible, keep the medical profile binder separate from capital and property binder. The fiduciary relation that comes in place if they are not able to take their decisions demands that you keep their wishes in consideration when planning out living wills etc. Keep an eye on the matters they are handling themselves, discreetly of course.
- Make a Web:
This responsibility that you have taken up or looking forward to comes with a great burden, for which you might require moral if not physical or material support. And you can get all kinds of help from home care to meals services. There are assisting living centers and nursing homes out there, making the care all the more perfected and professionally catered.
In addition to that, you can help yourself on the subject and get some books that help you sharpen your geriatric skills just to the right degree. Also, consider involving your friends and family in the process.
- Value Their Choices:
The best way to ensure that your parents absolutely do not feel dependent on you, is by valuing their choices in their everyday lives. If they wish to stay in their home, respect that and make necessary arrangements along with a nurse. There are certain foods they prefer, so it would be nice if you found recipes to make those. Cater to their needs in a way that doesn’t make them feel like a burden and they still have their independence intact. This is very important for their mental and emotional health which ultimate contributes to their physical wellbeing.
- Plan Ahead:
It would be wise if you considered planning it a little ahead in time. You should be considering all the possible medications and therapies if your parents have any illnesses. The needs of an elderly parent change with time and the requirements of their health. It would be wise to keep the same living space, and similarly you should take timely measures with regards to the finances, such as financial assessments. This helps plan ahead in an effective manner.
I hope that these tips would help you take care of your elderly loved one in a foolproof manner. Good luck!
This post is written by Chris Palmer who is a comedian and a public speaker. He has got a lot of valuable information about dementia and elderly care. He regularly blogs at https://www.agespace.org/