How To Help Aging Parents
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Keeping track of issues related to aging parents is not an easy task. Many things have to be taken into account, such as their medication, directions given by doctor, kind of food, matters related to house, and finances. Many times the care givers get involved in these issues so much that they tend to forget that the parents need their independence and have all the right to take certain decisions on their own. (See Reference 1)
Hence, the first point to remember when you are looking after our age parents is that you should respect to their feelings and must not impose things on them forcefully. The better alternative is to ask for their opinion and patiently listen to their views instead of dictating things to them. You will often notice that your aging parents' statements are generally filled with complaints. You have to learn the art of filtering out the real information and needs from the bundle of complaints. Once you have mastered this technique, you will find that things become more manageable. Just make sure that you include your parents in all the decision making processes. (See Reference 1)
When you take your parents to visit a doctor, involve them in the discussion process. Let them also speak about their problems and fears to the doctor. The medicines can be organized by segregating them week wise in weekly pill containers. Ensure that these containers have large prints which can be easily read. The weekly containers can again be sub-divided into three different sections such as morning, noon and night. This will help them in taking the medicines on their own. These containers must be checked regularly to ensure that they have taken all of them and also ensure that the medications are replenished. (See Reference 1)
While planning for their weekly menu, take their opinion as to what they would like to eat. Emergency phone numbers must be placed in such a manner that they are able to locate the numbers if the need arises. (See Reference 1)
However, supervision is must. You can do this by calling everyday and visiting them personally every alternate day.
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