On a day-to-day basis, it may seem like your parents are forever the same age. But, one day you came to realize that they have reached a certain age where they require more help than they used to.
Whether cognitive or physical changes, how do you handle taking care of aging parents?
The first thing you should do is communicate the cognitive and physical changes that you’ve noticed.
Have they been getting more forgetful, or struggling to walk up a flight of stairs? If so, mention this to them. It could be that the change was so gradual that they didn’t notice some of these deficits.
From there, have a clear and open conversation about what the next steps should be. Sure, you’re taking charge, but you don’t need to tell them what to do; you can come to a consensus together.
Consider Assisted Living
There are long-term communities geared towards the elderly. Often, these facilities have different complexes with residents receiving different levels of care.
They are built with the elderly in mind and often have less stairs, more ramps, and on-site facilities as a way to take in consideration the limited mobility that comes along with aging.
If this sounds like a good option, consider looking into senior caregivers roy and facilities that offer weekly visits or daily care.
Whatever you do, make sure to visit your parents frequently. This is a delicate time for them with a difficult transition from full independence to assisted living.
You never want them to feel alone, isolated, or pushed off to the side. If you can, try to visit for a few hours once per week for a family dinner or game night. Your support will go a long way in making their transition easier.
Once you realize that your parents are aging to the point of having limitations, taking the next step can be difficult, but if you communicate, look into assisted living, and visit them frequently they will feel properly supported.