Tips To Help Family Members Care For A Senior Parent

If you’re new to caring for a senior parent you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed. It’s a big transition when you start caring for a senior parent, especially if your senior parent has health issues or mobility challenges. But there is plenty of help available for you and your senior parent. One of the first things that you should know is that home care is very helpful for seniors aging in place, and their families. Home care ranges from just an hour or two to 24-hour home care service depending on what your senior parent needs.

The level of care that your senior parent receives can change as their needs change. If right now your senior parent only needs minimal help but in the future, they need 24-hour home care there will be care providers available for that.

Some tips that can help you take care of a senior parent who is living at home include:

Get Organized

24-Hour Home Care Thomasville PA - Tips To Help Family Members Care For A Senior Parent

24-Hour Home Care Thomasville PA – Tips To Help Family Members Care For A Senior Parent

Invest in some good organizational materials, including a thick binder and some plastic protective sleeves. You’re going to need to keep originals and copies of all of your senior parent’s important documents including medical records, insurance information, prescriptions, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and other papers.

Make An Appointment With Their Doctor

If you don’t already have a relationship with your senior parent’s doctor you should make an appointment just to talk with them. Make an appointment so that your senior parent’s doctor will have the time to sit down with you and answer your questions. Talk to the doctor to find out what exactly your senior parent’s medical condition is and what the doctor recommends moving forward. It’s a very good idea to do this with all of your senior parent’s doctors so that you will have a good relationship with them.

Talk To The Neighbors

If your senior parent is still living at home you should meet their neighbors and introduce yourself, if they don’t already know you. Neighbors can be a huge help if your senior parent needs something or you need some support. It’s a nice gesture to introduce yourself and ask them to keep an eye out for your senior parent.

Consider Family Counseling

There’s always some disruption when kids become caregivers. Your senior parent may not want to be taken care of and may have trouble accepting that they need help. And you may not be quite sure of how to be a caregiver to someone who has been taking care of you all your life. Family counseling can smooth the transition and help you both communicate your feelings, concerns, and worries calmly and productively.

You may also want to join a support group for children who are now taking care of senior parents. Talking with others who are on the same journey and are experiencing the same things that you are can be very helpful. And support groups are a safe place to vent if you get frustrated with the process.

If you or an aging loved one are considering 24-Hour Home Care Services in Thomasville PA, please talk to us. Our friendly staff can answer all of your questions. In-Home Senior Care in Adams and York Counties, PA. Call Today: (717) 698-8258.

Jessica Ott