It’s scary when your parents become too old to take care of themselves. Watching people you love become less mobile and their memories worsen is pretty emotionally draining. If you live near to your parents and see them often, you may not notice their aging as starkly as if you see them once every few months, or once a year. Whatever your situation, there are great solutions for you as an adult child of aging parents, to help them be comfortable, happy, and healthy in old age.
1. Providing Appropriate Care
If you have a parent who is becoming physically less mobile or mentally less cognizant, you can choose to care for them yourself, or hire a carer. Even if you are in a position to care for your parents, you might find it emotionally difficult to watch them become slower, and choose to hire a professional. Don’t judge yourself for these choices; you are allowed to feel vulnerable and place your parent’s care in the hands of an expert. That doesn’t make you neglectful of your aging parents.
When it comes to hiring a carer, there are lots of options available. Looking into different options can involve speaking with a medical professional; talking with your parents about their preferred mode of care; and looking at agencies such as the CDS agency for more information too.
2. Suggesting Easier Accommodation
Often, people will remain in the home in which they raised their kids, well into old age. This is usually due to a lack of need to move house, or nostalgia. If your parents are still living in a large home which requires a lot of upkeep and moving around, it might be time to suggest a move. Leaving a family home behind can be very upsetting, and it may take some convincing to persuade your parents to move to smaller, more accessible accommodation. But the truth is, all good things come to an end, and ultimately, your parents will be more comfortable and safer in a flat or smaller house.
3. Simply Being There
Your parents might put on a tough act, but in reality, most older people become quite frightened when they realize they are aging quickly. As their child, it is important to be there for them. Life gets very fast and seems to be packed full of other responsibilities, especially if you are a parent yourself. But staying connected and being present in your parents’ lives, however tough, is absolutely vital when they are in their older years. Your parents will appreciate this extra time spent with you, finding extreme comfort in being closer to you when they feel most vulnerable.
Life can be hard sometimes, and watching your parents become older can be one of those difficult life moments. Instead of pushing back against this hard feeling, try to embrace this next chapter with helpful grace and simple solutions.