Taking care of an elderly parent is one of the most confusing and emotional things that someone has to do. It is so because nobody prepares us for this. There is no instruction manual on how to take care of your elderly parents and how to do it right.
They say old age is when an adult needs almost as much care as a child does. If you are someone who was living with your spouse and now have your in-laws or parents moving in, then you need to be well informed and prepared on how to take care of them and make your home more accommodating for them.
Although we can never exactly predict what emergency or problem might arise, it is always better to be prepared. Here, we have listed a few ways you can be ready to take care of an ageing parent
1. Evaluate your financial situation
Adding a new member to the family entails not just physical efforts but also financial commitments. Check-in with your spouse on how proper planning can be done. Create a budget that includes not only theirs but your expenses and take necessary steps on how to best control on spending.
2. Make the necessary emotional and social arrangements
When a new member is added to the family, a lot of things change. When welcoming your parent/s in your house make sure to check in with the existing members. Have a talk with the kids and other members on how things will change around the house and how to take it positively. Your social life will also change and you need to be prepared to limit on your weekend night outs with friends and spend some time indoors with the family.
3. Hire a help
If you and your spouse both work, being available all the time can turn into a pretty difficult task. If your budget allows you, consider hiring domestic help or a nurse that can lend you a hand in daily chores around the house and take care of the elderly while you are away at work.
4. Have fun with them
Life is more joyful when you are with your family and having the best time of your life. Plan trips, outings, picnics or just go out for a walk with them. Get your kids to interact with them, listen to their stories, and approach them with life advice, they have a lifetime of experience to offer to you.
5. Reinforce Strong Bonds
Taking care of an older member in the house is never a one-man job. It takes the strength of the entire family to take care of each other without overstraining an individual. Create and maintain such a strong bond within your family so that everyone can have a good time living with each other.
The key to any strong relationship is effective and open communication. Encourage them to speak about their needs. Listen patiently to their problem and also make sure you are letting them know about your restraints as well. Try to be as accommodating to each other’s requirements as possible and develop an open-ended dialogue with them.
7. Advocate for yourself
Do not forget to take care of yourself while taking care of the family members. Have a group of people who understand the responsibilities that come with becoming a caregiver. Have a support group for yourself who can offer you not only help and advice when you need but also emotional support when things get a little difficult to handle.
8. Stay Informed
If the elderly are suffering from any ailment, keep yourself as informed and educated about it as you can. Keep on learning new ways to stay organized and do not shy away from seeking help from others.
9. Organize Essentials
Collect and keep all their prescriptions. Reports, medicines and other documents together. Keep an account of how thoroughly you are able to follow up on their medication and visits to the hospitals and
10. Make friends with technology
It is hard to keep track of medicines and regular visits to the healthcare providers in this fast-paced schedule of yours. Use calendar reminders or mobile applications to track and send reminders of when the next medicine or health checkup is due.
11. Prepare your house
Having an elderly in the house means that a lot of clutter has to go. Make space in the house; remove excessive furniture, create comfortable corners, make your home more accommodating for their stuff. Clear out cabinets, drawers, almirahs, and get rid of stuff that isn’t needed. If you have kids, make sure their toys aren’t littered everywhere. Additionally install grab bars, handrails, night-lights, and adjustable shower seats in and around the house. Try to make your home as comfortable as possible.
Taking care of an elderly is a constant process and you face new challenges every day. There is no one set way that we should follow to be able to prepare our homes for a welcome to our elderly. We keep on updating our blogs regularly so you can visit this space for updated information on this topic