Advice For Caregivers As You Help An Aging Loved One

As your parents’ age, you may find yourself stepping in to assist with their care – especially if they want to stay in the comfort of their own home.

While it can be a joy to spend more time with your loved ones, becoming a caregiver can be challenging. Here are some tips for caring for your aging parents.

Be Patient: Growing up, your parent cared for you. Now that the roles are reversed, they may have a tough time coping with this change. This may cause their mood and personality to become different. Caring for your parent may be one of the toughest jobs you ever have. Understand that there will be highs and lows and much patience is needed!

Make A List: Keep a list of everything you are doing to help your parents. If things become overwhelming, find ways to streamline your tasks. For instance, rather than go grocery shopping for yourself and your parents, consider using a delivery service or curbside pickup for their items. If cleaning becomes a challenge, explore hiring help. If you have siblings or adult children in the area, ask them to take on tasks like the yardwork.

Practice Self Care: Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Working full-time and caring for loved ones can be stressful. Make time to exercise, relax and do things that you love to do!

Ask For Help: Our Caring Mission team can work with you to create an individualized plan for at-home care for your loved one. Contact us for a free assessment.