We should always be grateful to our parents for everything they’ve done for us. They created us, for one thing, but they also took care of us and helped us to get through life. When they get older, the least we can do after all their sleepless nights is to help them be comfortable, safe, and happy, too. That said, it’s not always easy to take care of an elderly parent, and sometimes they will need more specialist care, but if you want to do it yourself and you feel you can, here are some useful tips to make caring for an elderly parent easier for you.
The first thing to know when you are taking care of an elderly parent is that you won’t be able to do everything by yourself all the time. There will be things that you definitely need to ask for help with, whether you are living with your parent or you’re simply checking in on them from time to time.
Having help in the form of a carer, for example, can be useful: someone who can come in when you’re not there to sit with your elderly parent, to bathe or feed them. This means you can still work as well as look after your mum or dad. Or you might need medical assistance, in which case a nurse can be arranged to help out. Then again, it might be that the home your parent lives in needs looking after, so calling in a property maintenance company will help everyone. The point is, get help when you need it, and everyone will be happier for it.
There is so much technology available right now that you can use to keep your parent safe and to take care of them more easily. This is especially true if your parent is living alone. Giving your parent a smartphone or tablet is a great idea to stop them from getting lonely, as it allows them to get in touch with you when they need to, to engage in social media and to chat with friends.
You might also think about installing a video doorbell to help them feel secure, or even CCTV if that is better. You can place motion detectors around the house, too, so that if your parent has a fall or hasn’t moved for a while, you will be informed and can go and check on them.
Make the House Safe
Just as you would for a toddler who is still learning how to walk confidently, you can make a house safe for an elderly person who is unsteady on their feet, too. Everyone knowsthat if an older person falls, they are at higher risk of breaking a bone. This is because their bones are much more brittle. Not only that, but it will take them longer to heal, too. Making the house safe by removing obstacles and ensuring everything they need is within easy reach will lower the potential for a fall or injury.