It is common that with aging some older people need the help of their children. Caring for elderly parents can be a challenge for some children because they do not always understand the needs of elderly parents.
In All American Home Care, an agency on aging, we will present some important points and help you to care for elderly parents.
How to care for elderly parents
According to some experts it is recommended that, if possible, parents should stay in their own homes. For having spent much of the life in that place emotional attachment exists and affects the elderly. So keeping parents in their own home and having caregivers is the most recommended.
If the option was to keep the parents at home, establish a gradual care and create a routine. Visit them every day; if possible, make sure the medications are being administered correctly. Whenever there is an appointment with the doctor, be prepared to accompany them, maintaining a healthy relationship is essential. This way you will be aware of what happens and still preserve the privacy of your parents.
Clinging to the details is very important. Stay alert to the habits and whether your parents are maintaining a healthy routine. Observe if all meals are being made and if the senior has got hydrated properly. At this stage of life our brains tend not to send us the impulses correctly warning hunger and thirst.
Avoiding risks of fall
Another important point when caring for elderly parents is to design an environment that is safe for them. The risk of falling in the third age is more frequent than we imagine. It is normal that everyday tasks can cause ordinary falls or even more serious risks.
If we pay attention to details we can prevent falls from happening, know how to:
- Remove excess objects and furniture;
- Install support bars on stairs, bathroom and next to the toilet;
- Remove slippery rugs or equip them with an anti-slip;
- Arrange the cabinets so that the most used objects are placed on the lower shelves to avoid the use of stools and stairs;
- Avoid shoes with slippery soles;
- With care and patience, caring for elderly parents can be a not very simple task, but still it is pleasurable. Helping parents can be the future of many children, so be prepared for the moment.