June 19, 2013

Your Turn to Care for Them: Five of The Best Ways to Help an Aging Parent

Filed under: Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 12:55 pm

Courtesy of Rose McKellen [rosemckellen@gmail.com]

While you were growing up, buy you probably relied on your parents for everything you needed. As an adult, you might still turn to your parents for advice on issues that come up in your life. Later, there will come a day that your parents will have to ask you for help, and you will become their number one caregiver. Below are five ways you can help your aging parents in the best way possible.Your Turn

Living Circumstances

Think about helping your parents become eligible to buy or rent some sort of home or apartment that is in a community set up for people who have reached retirement age. This type of community has the required qualifications to assist seniors when they need help. They allow your parents to live independently as long as they are able. For you, it leaves a comfortable feeling knowing that someone is close by to help if needed.

Long-Term Care Insurance

You should think about helping your parents buy an insurance policy that covers all types of long-term care. This insurance would be there to pay for nursing home fees should they become necessary. It will also cover the fees for home nursing care and different types of senior assistance that your parents might need.

Help to Maintain Their Home

If your parents have a home of their own, try to help them keep it maintained so that they can stay there as long as possible. If one or both of your parents have special needs, try to adapt the home to those changes so that they can stay in their home. Try to add any safety amenities they might need to their home, especially in areas such as the bathroom, by installing bars around the tub, shower and toilets. Make sure all stairs in the home have handrails to help guide your parents so that they will not fall.

Emergency Systems

For the benefit of your parents, look into purchasing an emergency system of some sort so that if there is an emergency, they can contact first responders and family by instantly touching a button.

Research Elderly Care Options

There are many local service agencies and groups for senior citizens that can help your parents. Elder care in Columbus will consider your parents needs and then match them with specific services. Some centers offer care for adults during the day if your parents need help or if they want the chance to socialize with other senior citizens for company. This keeps the elderly from becoming lonely and bored.

Make sure you think about the costs of your parents living in a nursing home, retirement center or other home care facilities. If you and your parents do not have the money to cover these expenses, you might consider allowing your parents to live with you so that you can help them with their needs as they age.

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