You are reading this blog right now because you are wondering how to care for your aging parents. It can be costly to have them move into a retirement home as well as a drain on mental and physical health. One of the best caregiving options is to keep your parent(s) in their home because it is a familiar place, has sentimental value and memories, maintains mental health, and provides an independent lifestyle. In this article, you will learn the Top 5 Simple Tips to Keep Your Elderly Parents in Their Home of 2020. The goal of this article is for you to have 5 actionable and realistic steps to take that will cover the most crucial needs of keeping your aging parents in their home. The following questions will be answered; how to get home care for elderly in their own homes, how to take care of elderly parents, how to get elderly parents to accept help, and how do I get help for my elderly parents.

Top 5 Tips

  1. Address Safety & Mobility Concerns Within Their Home
  2. Satisfy Their Mental and Physical Health Needs
  3. Get Partial or Full Assistance with Their Care 
  4. Have A Plan Ready for Hygiene Needs 
  5. Create a Realistic Transportation Plan
  1. Address Safety & Mobility Concerns Within Their Home

This is so crucial to keeping your aging parents in their home because, of course, we want our parents to live in a safe environment. It can be very stressful for loved ones when they are unsure of their parents’ safety. 

Common Safety & Mobility Concerns

  • Easy access to the basement or upper floor
  • Ramps
  • Bathroom or bathtub or shower access
  • Tripping hazards such as exposed cords, carpets, and unkept outdoor walkways
  • Access to emergency contact information around the home
  • General cleanliness
  1. Satisfy Their Mental and Physical Health Needs

This tip is key for ensuring that your parents’ home is a sustainable place to live. A retirement home or care facility will ultimately become the option for them if these needs are not met. Satisfying mental and physical health needs gives your parents a higher quality of life while minimizing your stress levels. Some mental health considerations you may need to address are isolation, depression, anxiety and stress, loneliness, and dementia. In addition, some physical health challenges you may need to address are muscle deterioration, walking impairments, and exercise options. Finally, your parents will need any relevant medications for both medical and physical health needs.

Click the link below to learn about mental health issues the elderly are facing:

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-health-of-older-adults

3. Get Partial or Full Assistance with Their Care

Getting partial or full assistance with your parents’ care comes down to what will work best for your situation. If your family budget is limited, then partial assistance is probably best for you. If you are a very busy person, then maybe full assistance care is what you need. The main factors to consider are; how much money is in your budget, how much of your time are you willing to put towards caregiving, and of course, how much can you do without sacrificing your own mental and physical health. You need a solution that will address these three factors. If you are going to do partial care then here are a few ideas for you to consider; have someone do their errands, have a neighbour help with snow shovelling and grass cutting, use elderly home care services, housekeeping services, or use personal concierge services. A personal concierge is well connected with the handypersons in the community and they can provide an unparalleled level of expert services. 

4. Have A Plan Ready for Hygiene Needs 

Some hygiene pain points include…

  • Brushing teeth
  • Showering and bathing
  • Taking medications
  • Using deodorant and scents
  • Brushing and styling hair
  • Shaving, waxing, or cutting hair
  • Dressing
  • Cutting nails

5. Create a Realistic Transportation Plan

Your parents will need the freedom to move around outside their home and having a realistic transportation plan is a must. If your parents are capable of driving, it would be a prudent idea to check in on them every 6 months to a  year to ensure they continue to have safe driving habits. If there is one driver, then it would be beneficial to have a backup plan to avoid the stress and burden on one person being the main driver. For example, consider public transit or a personal concierge or chauffeur – someone who is able to provide assistance driving but also provides companionship and trust.

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