Caring For Aging Parents At Home

When your parents and grandparents start to age, it might become necessary to care for them in your home. This is a tough decision to make but when your parents are no longer able to live independently, caring for them in your home can be a helpful step before deciding it’s time for a retirement home. Here are some tips to make this transition easier. 

Understand How Much Care Is Needed
In caregiving, it can be easy to get overwhelmed in a series of small tasks. If your To Do list is too long, you can get focused on the tasks and not see the whole picture. Your first step is to work out exactly how much care your parent or grandparent really needs. Make a list of all the daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that they will need help with, so you can get a clear picture of how much care will be needed during the day, during the night, and then at the weekend. You can get a better idea of how much supervision is needed and when. Will you need any equipment to help you care for your parent? If you do, you can find hospital beds and other items to help, at

Consider Your Own Health
When you know what their care needs are, you can work out if you can manage your parents’ care or if you will need help. You might look over the list and realize you will need help. Think carefully about how much care you can realistically offer without damaging your own health. If you take on too much, you will burn out or could become ill yourself. If this happens, you can’t care for anyone, never mind yourself. 

Get Help
Finding caregiving can seem like it will take a lot of time and effort, but if you invest the time, the work will pay off in the future. Finding the right help will take a lot of patience, but it can be well worth it if you are able to decrease your own workload and manage your own stress levels. Keep an open mind and be flexible when it comes to where you find assistance. Use the list of care needs you wrote to help you identify what kind of help you need. You could try some of these ideas to get help or at least manage to take a break: 

  • Enroll your parent in an adult day program. They will be cared for and can socialize with someone other than you, and you can carry on going to work. 
  • Hire in-home help to allow you to take breaks. 
  • Find a volunteer service that offers a program in senior companionship. 
  • For a longer break, use a respite care service. 
  • Sign up for a meal delivery service to give you a rest from cooking all the meals. 
  • Ask other family members to run errands, like collecting groceries, preparing meals, or light housework.
  • Buy caregiving supplies in bulk. Order online for home delivery to make things easier.

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