10 Tips To Cope With Caring For An Elderly Parent

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Caring for an elderly parent can be challenging. Being a carer when you didn’t plan for it is often stressful, tiring and can be very upsetting. There are some tricks to help you, and your parent, cope. 

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  1. Remember that to be an effective carer, you’ll need to take care of yourself too. Don’t let yourself get run down or tired out. Take some breaks when you can, and take care of your health. Taking care of you makes it easier to take care of somebody else. 
  2. Sort out any legal requirements. Make sure you can at least check your parent’s bank accounts so you can look out for any irregularities in their finances. Sign any paperwork that will allow you to make decisions about their medical care. 
  3. Find other members of the family to help. Could you split the main care with a sibling or ask a cousin to drop in the occasional hot meal? Give your phone number to your parents’ neighbors so they’ll know who to call if there is an emergency.
  4. Consider assisted living. An assisted living facility gives you peace of mind, knowing that your parent is being well cared for, with dignity, by professionals. Assisted living is often better than a care home, as it allows your parents to live with some independence, but still get the help they need. 
  5. Take a first aid course so you can react in an emergency. Basic first aid like the recovery position, dressing cuts and burns, and treating someone after a fall are wise if you’re caring for elders. Make sure you recognize the symptoms of things like a heart attack or a stroke.
  6. Don’t feel guilty if you find at times that caring makes you stressed, resentful or frustrated. This is totally normal, as caring is  stressful role. Take time for yourself to relieve these feelings, and find someone to talk to about your worries. 
  7. See if you are entitled to any carer’s benefits, especially if you’ve cut back on or left your job. As a carer, you may be able to take your parents to the theater or to gigs and claim a free carer’s ticket. This helps to give everyone a break and could be a nice way to spend some quality time together.
  8. Look into local or online carer’s groups. Joining a group gives you a support network of people who understand what you might be feeling, and the challenges of being someone’s carer. 
  9. Try and be patient. The situation is properly stressful and upsetting for your parent’s too. Losing your independence is bound to be distressing, so try not to get angry if they’re difficult. Instead, try and have open communication about how everyone feels. 
  10. Help your parents to stay independent. Let them make their own decisions about their care and how they spend their time. Perhaps they could join a local group for a hobby, or with other elderly people, so they get a break too. Some independence will help them to feel less helpless. 

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  There are no affiliate links included in this post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC

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