It’s not easy to trust someone to care for your aging parents. After all, they are the ones who have cared for you throughout your life. As our parents age, we often find ourselves in the position of needing to provide care for them.
If your aging parents need help, you are not alone. Many people find themselves in the same situation, feeling unsure about how to handle it. Figuring out their needs, understanding the options, and making decisions can feel overwhelming. Focusing on something concrete can help you feel more in control of the situation.
Use these 7 steps to turn the vague problem of “my aging parents need help” into a practical, realistic plan to help mom or dad be as healthy and happy as possible.
1. Talk to your parents about their needs and concerns.
2. Research care options and compare costs.
3. Create a budget for care expenses.
4. Set up a care schedule that works for everyone.
5. Find caregiving resources in your community.
6. Take care of yourself so you can be a better caregiver.
7. Stay positive and keep communication open.
You are not alone on this journey. There are many people who have been through it before and are happy to help. Seek out their advice and support when you need it, and remember that you are doing your best to help your parents.
Adrian Allotey, is living a purposeful life as a result of responding to an universal calling; service to elders and their loved ones. As an eldercare specialist, aging companion and end of life doula, she has made it her life’s mission to promote the elder years as a sacred, beautiful, honorable stage of life. She brings quality of life, mental stimulation, engagement and socialization to the aging and peace of mind to their adult children and caregivers. For More Information, check out www.yanaec.com.