Aging is part of life, and not something you can wish away. It affects families from all walks of life. Adult children may not fully understand to what extend their once energetic parents are aging and the effects it will have on them later on.
Their loved ones may still be in good health and live independently, resulting in no immediate concerns regarding dramatic changes any time soon.
Having said this, the time will arrive when the effects of aging will be more evident and mean you have to think about long term care for them.
It can be emotionally challenging once you realize someone close to you struggles but stubbornly refuses any help. Your loved one may be dealing with cognitive changes, physical decline, or the loss of a spouse. Coping with the loss of independence is not ever easy.
Accepting help from other family members or a paid caregiver will mean they may have to give up some of their privacy and independence and adjust to different routines. Therefore, they may feel vulnerable and frightened. Understandably, they may put up a fight. At times there can also be declining cognition, and they may not realize they need the help.
Show you care by spending as much time as possible with your loved one to obtain an accurate picture of what they need help with before you focus on finding assistance within the home.
Loved ones often do not ask for help, so you need to observe and ask all the right questions without coming across too strong. It is a case of recognizing the signs that they are indeed in need of extra help.
What are some of the things to look out for that show that caring for the aging is becoming necessary?
The following signs show that caring for the elderly at home should be a priority:
Let's face it; our aging loved ones' well-being is first and foremost in our minds. We wish for nothing more than that they are able to live out their remaining years to the fullest with minimal difficulty.
Caring for the aging means we consider a family member's physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Do not wait until you realize they find it difficult or impossible to care for themselves, to look for help. Start out small with providing assistance. Whether you are caring for them yourself or finding someone who is qualified to do so.
Two to three hours of help one day a week may feel like a luxury instead of an imposition. Facilitate help with laundry, house cleaning or grocery shopping whichever feels like the biggest chore to your loved one.
Give them this time to do something they enjoy. Reading, hobbies or spending time with grandchildren can be a reward to letting go of a chore that is increasingly difficult.
Other ways would be to invest in accessories and equipment to help them carry out specific tasks independently and with greater ease.
There are all sorts of ways family members can ease the burden of daily living activities. Not all of these are necessarily fundamental, but will surely help a great deal.
Below are some helpful tips for taking care of the elderly:
It is important to determine what would help a loved one overcome various obstacles and difficulties.
We spoke about an aging parent showing resistance. How would one manage to overcome an aging parent's resistance to care?
There are several ways to encourage a loved one to accept help from a caregiver. Here are some suggestions:
Whatever you and your family decide to do when it comes to caring for the aging, remember always to involve your loved one when decisions are to be made about his or her care.
That's all for today.
Take care, keep mom safe and have a great day!