Looking after or caring for elderly parents at home is a fairly common thing. Not all of us can afford or may not want to send our parents to a care home. So we make do at home. There are lots of options and help you can receive to make the home as comfortable as possible.
As you may know, I lost my dad last year. His wish was to pass away at home peacefully and we complied with this. But with help from the community nurses and Marie Curie.
Caring for elderly parents is not an easy thing. In fact, there are around 1 in 4 adult children that provide some kind of care to their parents and either end up moving in with their parents or bringing them to live in their home. So I want to share with you some tips on how it can be made easier for you.
Caring for elderly parents
- You need to have a support system in place.
Use the people around you. Friends, neighbours and other family members. Don’t do it alone. You can also hire some help from an elderly care agency, who can pop around to check on them, or help with bathing and shopping chores. Distant relatives can phone to speak to the elderly regularly.
- Adapting the home.
You may need to think about having their home (or yours depending if they are coming to live with you) adapted to help them get around. There may be the need to install a curved stairlift in the home. Extra handrails and bathroom equipment may be needed also.
- Looking after yourself.
One of the key things to consider when caring for elderly parents is your own self-care. You can’t afford to burn out and risk your own health. You are most likely working and running your own home as well as looking after your parents, so you need to look out for the signs that it’s getting too much and ask for help.
- Get financial help.
Caregiving can be a financial burden. Reducing those caregiving costs helps decrease the amount of financial pressure and stress you’re under. Research and look into financial help and benefits you may be entitled to. Age UK has a whole load of resources that you can read to find out more.
It’s not easy being a caregiver for elderly parents, but remember you are not alone. Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have found these tips useful.
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