5 Tips to Help Your Elderly Parents

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    Living alone in our homes can often become challenging as we age. Elderly parents or grandparents need extra help and support as they age. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to ensure that you are taking care of yourself and your elderly parent simultaneously.

    1. Emotional Support for your elders

    Many older adults face health problems as they age, often making it difficult to manage independently. It is crucial to provide emotional support for your elders during this time to help them feel supported and loved.

    This can include helping them with medication and other treatments and being there to talk and listen. Emotional support makes your elders feel loved and cared for, which will help them continue living in their homes until they pass away.

    2. Be involved in the care of your elderly parents

    Sometimes, elderly parents need to know that you are ready to help. They may hesitate to ask for help, but knowing you are there for them will give them peace of mind. If you can, be involved in their care as much as possible.

    For example, if you know that your parents are having health problems, ask them about the kinds of activities they would like to do or their lifestyle. Keeping your parents aware of their needs will make them feel supported and more likely to ask for help.

    3. Addressing housing issues with your elderly parents

    There are several different ways that you can address housing issues with your elderly parents. One option is to provide them with care in their own home. This can be a less expensive option than placing them in a nursing home, and it can also allow them to maintain their independence.

    If you cannot care for them, you may consider hiring a home health care provider. They can assist with daily living skills, personal care, and more. You can also consider creating a housing trust with a family member or establishing a living trust.

    You can offer your elderly parents as much help as they want, as long as it does not detract from their independence.

    4. Help to keep your elderly parents safe

    Making sure that your elderly parents are safe in their homes is essential.

    You should remove any potential tripping or falling hazards, like loose rugs or cords. You may also need to install handrails and ramps for easier access.

    If your elderly parents need help in the bathroom, consider hiring a professional carer to help keep your elders safe.

    5. Getting the help you need from external agencies

    Most people can agree that caregivers are unrecognised superheroes. They take on many responsibilities and sacrifice their needs to care for a loved one. However, caring for a loved one can be very stressful, and getting help from external healthcare agencies is essential.

    Many resources are available to help carers, and taking advantage of them is essential.

    Being a caregiver and getting the support you need is essential. Many people are willing to provide advice and support; other agencies can help you or advise you on how to support your loved one best.

    You should always take care of yourself, first and foremost. And remember that someday you may need some professional help. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, especially if your elderly parent suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

    Behavioural issues often accompany those conditions—unpleasantness and aggression are only a few. Hiring a professional can help you address these issues and improve your loved one’s quality of life.

    Having the help of a professional care agency such as Hygea Homecare will give you peace of mind, knowing that your elderly parents are being looked after in the best possible way. Our carers are professionally trained in many areas, and the assistance can be an ideal solution to help your elders regain confidence and social interaction and reduce stress for family members who are involved in their care.

    Contact a team member today at 0115 6486630 for help and advice on assisting with care for your elders.

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