Aged care shouldn’t be something you adjust to, it should be something that adjusts around you.
Providing elderly parents with the care they need can be a challenging endeavour. Often as people age and are less able to do the things they’ve always done, it can be frustrating. It can be frustrating for them and for those around them who are trying to help – often their adult children. Most of the time, people care for their elderly parents and help around the house for as long as they can, as often as they can, until it’s too hard or too much. It can take its toll emotionally and physically, but in-home care can be the solution.
When the time comes to ask for help, often those who need it want to reject it. It can be a difficult time adjusting to being less independent. Here are a few ways to help ease your elderly parents into in-home senior care.
Get in Early
It can be hard to know when is a good time to get help. Look out for signs that your parents may be struggling with things – forgetful or confused, an untidy house or missed appointments. You can start by just getting someone to deliver groceries or mow the lawn. Don’t wait until you or someone else is burnt out trying to help, this can cause anger or resentment.
At Age Up Health, we offer a range of different services ranging from a once-off helping hand to a daily carer. So it can be good to get a carer in every now and then to help with smaller, less personal things around the house in the beginning. This can be a good way to ease someone into having another person in the house. It’s also a good way to get to know our carers and decide if they are the right fit to come back more regularly as is needed.
Keep Your Parent In the Loop
Communication is key. Include your parents in the conversations about getting help for them around the house. If they have concerns and are rejecting the idea, the best thing you can do is actively listen to them. Try not to disregard their feelings and emotions. People are more likely to listen to you if they feel as though they have been listened to as well.
Remind them that it’s not necessarily because they’re incapable, but that you’re the one that needs the help. This might help them to be more receptive; everyone is different.
Whatever yours and your parents needs may be, Age Up Health is here to help. We can work with you to create a plan to ease your parents into in-home care.