Many of us find that as our parents age, they’re more likely to need assistance to carry out everyday activities. If that is your role in your parents life, you will have to be diligent and make sure their needs are being met.
I know the first thought is to move them in with you. But you must really think carefully about this choice.
How do we keep them safe and living in their own homes. Or when and how do you trust a facility to give care to your family member?
- Just remember low cost care homes usually have several patients and very few staff. Possibly there may be the 1 or 2 staff members on duty for each shift .
- The caretaker for your family member must stay alert to their health and needs.
- Checking with them daily. Either by being present or by phone.
- Check physically at least once a week. Just remember it’s the ones left alone that will be at a disadvantage or taken advantage of. Without frequent communication and things go awry, you will not be aware it happened. You will never know something happened until the one you are caring for speaks up and tells you so.
I know our lives have become very busy between work and children. But they need you now more than ever.
Things to check on when you visit:
- Loosing Weight
- Gaining Weight
- Proper Bowel Movements
- Keeping Hydrated, especially during the hot months
- Food supply
- They have personal needs items. Toothpaste, deodorant and such
- Making sure Bills are paid. Electric, gas, phone and rent or mortgage.
- That they are able to lock doors and windows by themselves
Check out PBS Special on Caring for our Elders. CLICK HERE