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The first and most critical step is to determine how much treatment elderly parent needs. One should be cautious about taking on too much responsibility too soon. This is an easy way to become distracted, and one can easily lose sight of the bigger picture or neglect their own wellbeing.
Fremont, CA: Most seniors choose to age in place in the homes in which they have always lived. However, when health problems take over, it could be time for assisted living, whether in a senior care facility or in the home of an adult child.
Assisted living is typically the first phase in a senior's long-term care plan, during which respite care will be needed. In-home care is a safe way to save money when keeping an elderly parent happy, but living with elderly parents can be taxing on the caregiver and other family members, and finding out how to care for aged parents can be challenging. Moving elderly parents into one's home might be a good fit for others, but it is important to consider all options first.
Here are a few elderly care tips for aging parents.
Assess How Much Care Is Required
The first and most critical step is to determine how much treatment elderly parent needs.
One should be cautious about taking on too much responsibility too soon. This is an easy way to become distracted, and one can easily lose sight of the bigger picture or neglect their own wellbeing.
Make a list of regular, weekly, and monthly activities to help one understand the level of treatment needed. This will also provide a good picture of how much assistance is needed during the day, at night, and on weekends.
To create a detailed list, keep a notepad nearby and make a note every time an elderly parent needs assistance with a specific task. After a week, one should have a thorough understanding of the scope of treatment that is needed.
Be Practical About What You Can Provide
If one has determined what their parent's needs are, they must determine how much of it they can manage on their own. If one is aware that there are things that are beyond their abilities, it is important, to be frank with parents and with themselves.
Be honest with yourself about how much care one can provide without jeopardizing their own wellbeing, relationships, or other obligations. If one takes on too much, they will burn out and be unable to care for others. It is important, to varying degrees, to have assistance in caring for elderly parents. Taking care of seniors comes with its own set of challenges and incentives.