As a parent, it’s fair to say that the majority of your time and attention will go on your children. Because since they came along, life hasn’t quite been the same. You’re used to focusing on them and making sure that their needs are taken care of. It’s kind of what family life is all about. However, as you start to get older, it’s hard not to notice that your parents are starting to need a little more time too. And as they spend the majority of their lives focusing on you, it’s only fair that you find the time to do the same. It’s usually a natural progression in life. But if the time has come that your parents are in need of a little more attention, you may not know what to do for the best. So let’s take a look at a few ways you can help to take care of them.
Take On Some Chores For Them
One of the first, and very simple things, that you can do is start to give them a bit more of a hand. As your parents age, you’ll find that they may not be able to do things like their laundry or cleaning or even grocery shopping as easily. So it would be great for you to take over some of their chores for them. But this can often feel like a lot of work. Because you have your own family to look after, and if you have two sets of parents plus in-laws, this can get busy – so the next point may work better for you.
Hire Some Help
If you’re burning the candle at both ends, something has to give. Maybe you do have time to help them out with one thing, but not everything. When that’s the case, you should look into hiring some help for them. You could get a cleaner to take over their chores, or even bring a carer to helps with meals and bathing. This is often a great way to relieve the burden.
Consider Senior-Friendly Replacements
Sometimes, it may only be little things that you need to do for your parents, like research into specialist equipment for them. Senior-friendly replacements like reading glasses, cell phones, which you can learn more about online, or even stair lifts can be a huge help to them. They will still be able to be independent, but in a modified way.
Include Them More
You may also just want to include them a little more in your everyday life. Seniors can get lonely, especially if they’re on their own. So by involving them in activities, vacations, dinners, and different occasions, you will be doing so much for them.
Ask Them To Live With You
Finally, you may even want to ask your elderly parents to live with you. When they’re struggling on their own, but they don’t want to move to a senior center, living with you could be a great idea. Or, you could look into senior centers too, in case they like the idea of the social side of things.
This post as a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.