Not many of us are willing to take care of our elderly parents, so if you find yourself end up to care for elderly parents for a a period of time when they come to visit you or stay with you for a short time or forever. Please calm down, who says senior care is an easy task. However think again caring for us when we were young till we can stand on our own two feet is not easy either. It is time to pay them back. They deserve it.
I understand it can be harder, especially if they have health problems; but if you must be clear about the whole thing, your feeling and theirs, then you can smoothly balance the whole situation. The key is be selfless. Below are some caring for the elderly tips that will help a respectful, caring, loving and selfless child like yourself.
1. Don’t Hold Back – Spill it Out!
How to start caring for the elderly? First you must know who you are taking care of. Once that is answered, this will be a inquisitive point when you have lived with them for years because then the situation was different, they did not need your care and concern. Now it’s your turn to be a amateur in caring for the elderly, but if you have been with them for quite sometime! Know everything about them, you will not be panic.
Take some effort to familiarize with their favorites and essentials especially when it comes to food. Don’t forget to find out what they want to eat and what they have to eat and what they can’t eat, these are important because of their conditions right now. Again you should not ignore elderly people who have health conditions, you don’t want to be blamed or feel guilty if anything happened. Talk to their doctors if you have to find out about what is happening to your elderly parents. Remember who cared and nurtured us when we were sick and not well.
2. Be Attentive to Your Elderly Parents
Elderly parents are mostly secretive, there are some things that they will not unravel, either because they are shy about it or they have not fully accepted the situation they are in. The common examples of these are they have their moments of forgetfulness and memory lapses. Don’t scold them or shout at them, instead attend to them and note the things that you find unnatural. At this stage they are very sensitive. If you have enough budget, consult a specialist who can tell you everything you need to know about them. With this knowledge, you are better prepared for any eventualities.
3. It’s Time To Learn first aid
Although before this you think that you do not need to learn first aid, but now it is a necessity even if you may not need to use it in the future. It still pays to learn first aid. When caring for the elderly who are either weak or those who have health concerns, this is especially great in emergency situations. Furthermore extra knowledge is always good.
4. Find Out More About Their Problems
Be sure that you find out more on their health issue. Check out what are the possible treatments for their conditions, the risk factors involved for the problem and even the symptoms of an attack.
Lastly don’t forget to find out how to ward off the problems or minimize their effect and make sure that you do it at home. This is all part of caring for the elderly.