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What You Need to Know When Caring for Elderly Parents in Your Home

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There comes a point in everyone’s life when things just aren’t as easy as they once were. Sometimes even taking the garbage out each day or doing routine chores around the house are beyond what your elderly parents can manage. It’s not that they are suffering from dementia because thankfully they still have all their faculties. Although that might be an issue in the future, at the moment it’s simply a matter of having physical limitations that prevent them from living an independent quality of life. If you have brought them into your home so that you can care for them, here are a few things you should know that might make life easier on everyone involved.

Safe Access

The first thing you should do is ensure they have safe access to and from your home. If they are unable to climb the few steps leading to your front door, you might want to install a ramp. Likewise, if they are unable to get in and out of the tub safely, you may want to install a shower or a tub with a door that allows them to simply step in. Safety is of utmost importance. The most common slips and falls occur when entering or leaving the home and then in getting in and out of the shower at bath time. Install a bar and if you must, step in with them to lather and rinse them as necessary.


When Help Is Needed

If you find that mom or dad are unable to get dressed or groomed as they once had, you might want to get regular homecare St Louis aides or nurses. This is especially important if you work outside the home. Although your elderly parents are able to get around without a mishap, they may have difficulty bending or raising their arms to get clothed. Perhaps they cannot manage to cleanse themselves or maybe they are unable to fix a bit of lunch when a hot meal is needed. A home health worker can assist your loved one when you are away so that they are safe, and you are free from worry when you are on the job.

Make Sure They Feel Welcome

It is often extremely difficult to move out of a home you’ve lived in for so many years. This is one of the hardest parts about aging and when your parents are asked to join your family, they may feel out of place. Perhaps they only visited for holidays or birthdays and aren’t really familiar with your way of life. Do what you can to make them feel wanted and yes, even needed. Not only will the transition be easier on everyone involved but your elderly parents won’t feel like a burden. Above all, feeling wanted is what will keep them feeling positive about their future. 

It isn’t going to be easy in the very beginning but once you’ve seen to their safety, everything else can come with time. You have your parents in your home not out of obligation but because you love them and are thankful that they are still there with you. Let them know the depth of your love and they will be happier than they ever imagined possible in any home but their own.

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