As our parents get older, they will need more specialized care either from a caregiver or a family member. When caring for the elderly, there are a number of important things you have to take into consideration.
- Before you can provide care for an elderly person, you need to figure out what kind of care would benefit them the most.
- It is important to visit them often. They need social interaction with you and you get the reassurance that they are safe, healthy and in general, doing well.
- If your loved one feels that other people are making all their choices for them, they may be more resistant to receiving help. To help them feel more independent and in control of their situation, include them in all conversations and decisions about their care. Communicate openly and honestly with them and ask them for their input and opinions about any options you are considering
- Whether your loved one is still living independently, is staying with you, or has live-in support, you can help them by making their home environment safer and more accessible. It’s always best to check around the house for any issues that may need to be addressed. During your visit, check for the overall cleanliness of the house or if anything is broken that may need to be fixed.
- Check their medications regularly to ensure that they are taking them as required.It is important that all their prescriptions are filled and refilled as needed. If they are on a number of medications, it is best to buy a pillbox organizer with compartments labeled with the days of the week as well as AM and PM doses.
- Most importantly, get a health plan or insurance for them.
It can be quite a struggle for caregivers to care for the elderly at home. You should make it easy for yourself, though. The majority of the elderly are not asking for much, they just want to be heard. They want to feel like they really are the people they were twenty years ago. We want you to take care of them in a way that we deserve.