It always hard when you have to take care of your parents. All those years of being raised and cared for by them make it difficult to reverse roles. But like it or not, it’s a part of life.
Fortunately, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of what aging parents want from their kids, and how it might help you to develop an effective simple care plan.
1. Be there to offer help when they need it, not all the time.
The challenge with parents as they get older is the conflicting feelings they have towards their kids.
On the one hand, they want their kids to leave them alone, to let them lead their lives as they see fit.
At the same time, older parents know that they can’t do everything themselves. Even if they could, it’s nice to have someone help you if they need to.
So, what does this mean for what aging parents want from their kids? It means that having a plan can reduce a lot of the pressure and stress. With a care plan, you know when your parents need your help, and your parents know when to expect it.
2. They don’t want to feel assessed.
It can be hard to understand your parents as they get older. However, one thing that is made clear again and again is that as people get older, they feel more and more frustration at feeling assessed.
Especially by their family!
For starters, it’s embarrassing. They don’t want you to have to do everything for them. Second, it makes them feel like they’re losing control. And as we all get older, we struggle more and more with the feeling of control.
Finally, no matter how old your parents get, they’re always going to be your parents. They’re never going to get used you assessing them, just like they did when they were raising you.
3. Want to know what aging parents want from their kids most? To be treated as your parents.
As simple as it might seem, it’s what they want most of all. It’s easy to forget that your parents are, well, still your parents. They’re always going to be your parents.
Before they started getting older, they had careers, passions, hobbies. They were experts in their field, had friends, and of course, raised you.
If you want a good relationship with your parents as they get older and require more care, this is the number one thing to remember – they weren’t always sick.
As much as you can, try and treat them like they were and (in some cases) not how they are.
Now that you know what aging parents want from their kids…
There are plenty of struggles to face as your parents get older, not the least of which is trying to understand what aging parents want from their kids.
Hopefully, we’ve helped you understand how best to help them, and how having a care plan might be the solution you’re looking for.
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