*This is a guest article*
As young children, we sought for and received our parents’ love, care, support, and guidance. Our parents’ relationships change as time passes, but we still treat them as our heroes for providing us with everything we need. Eventually though, we have to learn to take care of them and their needs as they grow older.
This can be a challenging situation to manage, both logistically and emotionally, as we look for ways to repay them for their care. Dealing with these tasks requires significant responsibilities, and here are some pointers to consider now that it’s your turn to parent your parents as they age.
Know Their Needs
It would be best if you assessed the things that your ageing parents need. As they grow older, your parents may not be able to provide for themselves in several capacities. Creating an elder care plan means you have enough information about their daily living activities and an understanding of their well-being.
You can seek professional help from a primary care physician or geriatrician to evaluate your parents’ welfare. They will thoroughly examine your parents’ mental health, medication regimen, physical health, and other factors that could affect their way of living.
Maintain Your Communication
You should maintain regular communication with your parents, especially now that modern technology can support our communication needs. Using our mobile phones to connect with video calls can help us keep in touch with our parents, anytime and anywhere.
Daily schedules can be very tight, but don’t use them as a reason to not keep in touch with your parents. If you have the opportunity to visit your parents, take the time to teach them more about how to use gadgets in forms of entertainment and communication.
In case any of our parents lost their significant other, we should double our efforts to help them cope during this difficult time.
Make Regular Visits
Our technology can never replace the joy you will bring to your parents if you visit them in person. Your visits are necessary to check on your parents’ well-being, get updates on their health, and bring them joy.
Distance and work schedules can present challenges when visiting your parents. You can always turn to video call platforms whenever possible, but keep in mind that you should still save a date for your parents’ visits. If they stay in assisted living homes like Long House, visit them often and make them feel loved and needed.
Motivate Your Parents to Participate in Social Gatherings
Social gatherings occur almost everywhere. You can motivate your parents to join these social events to ease their boredom. It is also one way of helping to create new social connections with others.
Take Your Parents Out
Your ageing parents may feel bored around the house. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to entertain them, such as taking them out for a movie, shopping at the mall, going to coffee shops, or attending local festivals. Many local communities hold festivities regularly, and it is a fun way for you and your ageing parents to spend time together.
Provide the Best Care
Your ageing parents may feel lonely, isolated, and bored as the days pass. Mobility issues, the inability to drive, or long distance walks may all cause issues as the years go by. We should not forget to provide them with the best care that we can, while setting an example for our children on how to care for our elders.
Thank you for reading.