When taking care of an elderly relative or parent, we want what’s best for them.
If they struggle with everyday activities and basic tasks, you are probably struggling with the decision to place them in a nursing facility. Thanks to the horror stories about nursing homes on the internet and the news, however, that option seems impossible.
Aging is a natural process. But with aging loved ones, responsibilities are unavoidable. That doesn’t mean that it has to be an overwhelming journey.
Taking care of your elderly parents isn’t just rewarding, you’re also the one who knows their needs, requirements, and what makes them feel comfortable best.
If you plan to take on the responsibility, here’s what you can do to make it easier for you and your parents:
Activities of Daily Life (ADL)
One of the factors we need to consider when taking care of our elderly parents is their level of comfort and their emotional wellbeing.
You need to make sure their daily requirements are being met. This involves:
- Functional mobility
- Toilet hygiene
- Personal hygiene
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
These are activities that aren’t necessary, but can play a major role in keeping your aging parents happy and satisfied. These include, but are not limited to:
- Cooking and preparing meals together
- Cleaning and maintenance
- Running errands
- Managing their budget
- Communication via mobile devices
- Activities like watching television and reading
If you plan to permanently move in with your aging parents, you will become their primary caregiver. But you need to first make sure if they are willing to move to a more supportive environment. Their comfort comes first and is top-priority.
Do they want to live where they are currently residing, or do they want to move closer to where you are?
These are important factors to take into consideration.
These are just a few of the things you need to take into consideration. Remember that you are not alone and there are hundreds of resources available to help you.