How to Care for Aging Parents: What to Know When They Need Help

how to care for aging parents

Your parents have always taken care of you, but now, it’s time for you to take care of them.

It can be overwhelming trying to figure out how to care for the elderly. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. Keep reading for seven tips on how to care for aging parents.

1. Share The Load

If possible, try to divide care equally among yourself and your siblings or other family members.

This option isn’t available to everyone, but if you have multiple people willing to help out, let them. You’ll likely find that siblings or relatives want to help out, they just aren’t sure how.

2. Don’t Make Assumptions

When learning how to care for aging parents, it is important to communicate and not make assumptions.

Don’t assume your parents are incapable of handling anything themselves.

When it comes to sharing the burden with others, don’t assume that they just know what they should do.

Clearly, avoiding assumptions is easier said than done. However, it’s important to sit down with everyone involved and have a discussion rather than just doing what you think is best.

3. Plan Ahead

Speaking of communication, it’s crucial that you begin communicating early about your aging parents’ care.

Don’t wait until a parent has a bad fall or gets sick. If you start early, you’ll be able to make decisions in a calm, rational way. If you wait until a crisis hits, tensions will be high and it will be harder to make the best decision for everyone.

4. Talk About Finances

Talking about money is awkward, especially when it comes to your parents’ finances. However, that’s information you’ll need when you’re one of their caregivers.

Do your parents have money saved to cover their day-to-day expenses, in addition to money for emergencies?

Is the person who will be the primary caregiver going to be compensated?

Are your parents willing to combine bank accounts with you?

These are some of the questions you need to ask.

5. Talk About Legal Issues

As they age, your parents might have to give you or a sibling power of attorney. This is a big decision and one that should be made early and have a lot of thought put into it.

There are also will and inheritance issues that need to be addressed, especially if a parent is planning to give a larger portion to their primary caregiver.

6. Keep Them Active And Engaged

In addition to legal and financial complications, it can also be hard to maintain your parents’ overall quality of life.

Try to find activities you can do with your parents. If you have favorite television shows or books, you can watch or read them together. You can also do puzzles and other mentally stimulating activities.

Social media also has many benefits for seniors. In addition to helping your parents stay connected, it can also be a great stress reliever.

7. Teach Them To Be Wary

Social media is great, but don’t let your parents fall victim to financial abuse when they’re spending time online.

Elderly people are, unfortunately, susceptible to financial scams. It’s important to keep an eye on who your parents are talking to and what they’re doing on the internet.

Contact Us For More Advice On How To Care For Aging Parents

Do you still have questions on how to best care for your aging parents? That’s okay.

Contact us today; we’ll help you feel confident moving into this next stage of your life.

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