Getting old is challenging. Their hair colour changes to grey. Their skin sags. Their health deteriorates. But the worst thing of all is that older people are considered to be a burden by most of their families.
As part of a responsible society, we should take actions to resolve this problem. We don’t need Band-Aidsolutions but rather what we need is to increase the awareness of embracing the seniors.
Acting as responsible children isthe best way to start. Here are some tips to make sure that you will be able to take good care of your ageing parents.
Observe your parents
If you are currently living with your parents, it is vital that you study their current health status. In this way, you will be able to assess if they can still live on their own or they need immediate care. These are just a few warning signs that you need to look out for:
- Poor appetite
- Poor hygiene
- Poor home sanitation
- Poor memory
- Poor mobility
Have a Family Talk
It is important that you arrange a meeting with your parents and the rest of the family to talk about the care that your parents may need. It is not advisable to just open up the topic out of nowhere.
Some of your siblings may decline to talk about it but it is necessary that you instil in them that having this conversation is very important for the benefit of your parents.
Prepare questions to ask and set an agenda. Make sure that everyone in your family is present as you conduct the talk. Note down all information that is important to serve as your future reference.
Discuss the current state of your parents’ health, their source of finances, their hopes and dreams and their preferences.
Your parents’ needs and wishes
During the meeting, ask your parents what their plans are. Ask if they want to stay at home or move closer to one of their children. They might like to live in a retirement community where they can interact with other seniors or they may opt to stay in an assisted living facility where home care services are available.
Assess the senior housing and care options
There are several home care facilities that are available and choosing the best one for your parents may be challenging. Make sure that you consider their health needs, resources and other wishes to provide them with the best assistedliving community possible.
Decide if you can be your parents’ caregiver
There is a possibility that your parents may decline to livein a care facility, so you must somehow prepare yourself or someone in your family to be their caregiver. This might be easy at first, but it will become more challenging as the yearspass.
Providing the best care for your parents may be a bit tricky but it is the least that you can do for them as they count the days towards the end of their lives.