Taking care of an aging parent can be a positive and rewarding experience. Yet, if you live out of town, have a demanding job or busy family, it may be hard to always keep this favorable
perspective. Though it may be difficult at times, caring for a senior parent can be a gratifying experience.
7 tips when Caring for an Aging Parent:
Start discussions early: Important discussions are best handled sooner. It is important to have these conversations while they are in good health. If a time comes when they
are unable to make certain decisions for themselves, it will be easier to follow their wishes when you already know what they want.
Include other family members: If other family members are around, be sure to include them. Conversations and decisions can be easier if you are not trying to make them alone.
Understand your parents need to control their own lives: Your parents have the right to make their own decisions. It might be a balancing act between their independence and
their safety, but try to let them maintain a sense of control over their lives.
Agree to disagree: Everyone will not always agree 100% of the time, but arguing about a problem will not solve anything. Sometimes the best solution will be to agree to
disagree, as long as their health and safety are not being jeopardized.
Ask about records and documentation: Keep notes on where your parents keep important documents. If this is a difficult conversation, try asking them where they keep this
important information and whom should you contact in case of an accident or emergency.
Treat them with respect: Be sure to treat your parents with respect as they age. Continue to reassure them that you are there to support them as they get older and start to
Re-evaluate if things are not working well: If conversations with your parents are not productive, it could be time to re-evaluate what you are doing. Maybe you do not have
enough information for them, or your ideas are not coming across as you thought they were. Take a moment to look over what you have been doing to see where you can make changes.
Caring for an aging parent can be a rewarding and overwhelming experience. This is why CareLinkTM is available
24/7 to help. If one of our skilled Geriatric Care Managers could assist you or a loved one in any way, call us for more information at 513-766-3307.
Information adapted from Elm Terrace Gardens and Life Bridge Solutions LLC.