Caring for your Aging Parents: 5 common mistakes to avoid

June 18th, 2019

As your parents grow older, their needs tend to increase. Adult children are often ill-prepared and don’t have the time, space or resources to meet the growing needs of their parents, and so care-giving can be a nightmare.

Here are five common mistakes you should avoid when caring for your parents:

  1. Not Asking for Help
    You can’t be expected to know everything or do everything on your own, although many caregivers feel that they must. In many cases, others are more willing to help if you request it. Discuss your needs with family members and close friends.
  2. Not Seeking Out Multiple Options for Housing
    Don’t assume that your parents have to move in with you when they can no longer live on their own. They may be better off retaining some independence in a senior-living community or assisted-living home, where they can attend regular social activities with their peers.
  3. Failing to Consider the Long Term
    When emotions are running high due to an incident such as an illness or injury to your parents, it may be tempting to make rash decisions without thinking further, which can create a number of problems. If you don’t plan accordingly, this can cause extra stress and frustration in the future.
  4. Not Being Prepared
    Caring for aging parents requires patience, strength, careful organization and planning. Being prepared can help make certain situations easier to handle such as understanding their insurance coverage, keeping a list of medications in your purse or storing a medical file in a handy spot and also being aware of your parents’ financial plan for long-term care.
  5. Ignoring Self-Care
    Taking care of elderly people can sometimes be a difficult and thankless job, especially if the person being cared for is uncooperative. Also, jobs like changing diapers can be unpleasant and can affect the eating habits of the caregiver. Thus, ensuring that you stay physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy is also important. And, if necessary, you should hire a professional to help out from time to time.

Hiring a professional caregiver is one of the best ways to avoid a variety of caregiving-related mistakes and ensure your loved ones receive high-quality in-home care. My Aged Care is here to help your loved ones live a happier and healthier life in their golden years. We offer a wide array of high-quality at-home care services as well as post surgery rehabilitation services.

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