Ways to Care for an Aging Parent, Both at Home and From a Distance

Determining how to care for an aging parent can be overwhelming, especially with so many levels of need and the various options for care. There are some ideas to think through that might make your decision less complicated. Consider these tips to make sure your parents gets the care and attention they deserve.

Untitled design (19)Understand your resources and the logistics surrounding your parent’s condition. Certain health needs are more demanding and costly than others; identify your family member needs and what is required for those to be met. Investigate living situations to ensure the home is not dangerous or destructive in his or her present state, and find out what resources are at your disposal when handling his or her care. By organizing the information, you can manage the situation and keep your parent secure and happy.

Consider moving in or moving them in with you. Sometimes the best care truly does come from home. If possible, a move-in could greatly increase an elderly person’s feeling of security as well as deepen your bond and connection during this life-altering time. Spending time with him or her on a day-to-day basis will provide a deeper understanding of his or her dilemmas and difficulties.

Make sure you communicate. Often, the voices of those being cared for are the most important but the least heard. Talk about health, life, family, and money. Include them in decisions to help them feel as independent as possible, and use these conversations as a way to keep updated on their states of mind and body.

If you need to travel to see them, plan accordingly. A visit to an aging parent often involves some measure of stress. If, for example, your parent is afflicted with dementia, be prepared for the emotional effect your arrival and departure could have. Make sure you are able to devote a good amount of time to listening and learning about his or her daily life so when you return home you’re as helpful as possible.

Do your research in finding an appropriate caregiver and primary care services. Speak with your parent and his or her doctor, determine his or her needs, and connect him or her with the services that will best fit present conditions and stage of life.

Learn about sources of financial and social help. From insurance benefits to government sponsored programs, there are many options for a family caring for an elderly member. With a bit of investigation, you might be surprised to find out how many resources there are to assist families with elder care.

For more information on care options, contact Preferred Home Health Care. With over 25 years of experience, we are happy to guide you and your family and uncover the best care solutions.