How to Help an Elderly Parent

Authored by:  Lise Marquis,

Aging happens to the best of us, and it is especially difficult to watch your parents and loved ones getting older and starting to need help. As a kid, it is easy to think of your parents as superheroes, but as they get older a helping hand can go a long way!

Helping elderly parents can be a difficult task as oftentimes parents don’t want help even if you can see that they ultimately do. Here are a few tips for helping your parents as they get older.

  1. Acknowledging they Need Help

It can be difficult to acknowledge that your parents need help, when parents are getting older it is easy to turn a blind eye and not notice that they need help. This can be for various reasons such as not wanting to acknowledge that your loved ones are getting older. As parents and people get older they become more stubborn, and often don’t want to accept help even if you offer time and time again. Starting by completing small tasks can be an easy way to help your parents become more accustomed to the idea of you helping and them accepting the help.

  1. Do Tasks with Your Parents

It can be easy to take the lead and just complete tasks for your parents, but if possible it is best to help your parents instead of outright doing it for them. This can stimulate their brains and make them feel needed. This can be a great way to bond with your elderly parents and make memories while helping them.

  1. Spend time with your Parents

Spending time with your parents is one of the best ways to help them. Just spending time, helping them with dinner, and talking is oftentimes all parents really need. This is the most rewarding thing you can do as you can show your appreciation and allow them to relax and unwind a bit more.

  1. Elderly Care Help

This can be a difficult one to convey to your parents, often parents and elderly people don’t want to be put into Assisted Living facilities and in-home care. This is only for parents that need help that you can’t provide. If your parents are ready to accept and need help then this can be an amazing way of helping them. By finding a care facility that works for them and that you can trust is breath of fresh air. You love your parents, but you can’t spend all day and night with them. This is a way to ensure they are safe and happy at all times, which is ultimately the most important thing when it comes to helping elderly parents. There are a few different options with care facilities which range from board and care homes, assisted living, in home care just to name a few.

  1. Listen to Them and Their Needs

Every parent is different and requires needs to ensure they are happy and healthy. The most important thing that you can do is to listen to them and their needs. Having a trusting relationship with your parents is important to ensure that you that your parents ask for help when they need to. Being there for your parents is an amazing feeling and allows you to become closer to and lead a more fulfilling life helping your elderly parents!

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