As your parents become older, it may be that they will experience some changes in their health and mobility. This is only natural; however, it can be overwhelming for some people, mainly if they are used to being active and independent.
The change in your parents can facilitate exchange in your relationship, too. Naturally, you will want to do what is best for them as they get older, especially if they struggle with poor health or mobility.
Helping your parents through this part of their lives can be challenging, but options are available if they can no longer support themselves or need extra assistance.
Some well-placed home adaptations can help allow your parents to stay independent for as long as possible. Adding a wheelchair ramp to external doors or in rooms with a dropped step can enable them to get around more accessible in a wheelchair, as can adding in support rails to help them move around and support themselves to reduce falls. Stairlifts, wet rooms, and adjustable furniture – sit to stand chairs, reclining sofas or hydraulic lifts on beds, etc., to help them move around easier and complete everyday day-to-day tasks.
Assisted living is designed for people to live their lives as they wish but with support where required. There are many assisted living facilities across the country where residents can not only live in their apartments or even houses but receive on-site support from a wealth of services, including medical care, nursing support, and more. Plus, typically, there is no maintenance, cooking, and a whole host of social and well-being activities to participate in with their peers.
If you cannot provide round-the-clock care for your parents as they need it, it can be an option to employ a care provider who can assist with daily tasks such as bathing, cooking, cleaning, and medical care. Of course, this depends on the type of care your parents will need, but this can be tailored for them as and when they require it.
Support and Care
Family support can be invaluable to your parents as they navigate this new chapter in their lives. Be realistic with your time and the level of support you can provide and discuss this with your siblings if applicable to make sure that you are all aware of the care your parents require and what you can offer them.
Assisting them with shopping, or even taking them out for a meal once a week, or inviting them to your home can make all the difference to their state of mind.
Include your parents in any discussions you might be having so they know your availability to work out a care schedule to support them at all times.
Remember, your parents are still people, and focusing on enhancing their quality of life regardless of any health conditions or restrictions will help them feel supported during this time. Be patient as you make the changes they require and allow them to advocate for what they think will be best for them.
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