Taking care of elderly parents can involve a number of important decisions and difficult conversations. Our parents, once seen as the authoritative figures in our lives, start to age. It’s at this point we become increasingly aware of how much they need support themselves. This of course can come as a great shock and can be difficult to cope with emotionally and practically.
Here we look at strategies to help you cope with the practicalities of taking care of elderly parents.
Create a system for medication management
Challenges with medication, such as not taking the medication as prescribed, can cause a number of problems for the patient. Each medication requires different varying factors to be present in order to work effectively. An empty stomach is needed with some medications, while others need to be taken with food. When people are taking more than one medication a day it can become challenging to take these medications at the right times.
It’s always a good idea to have a written copy with details of current medications. This can then be used as a checklist each day, helping you to keep track of your medication management. Plan out when each medication needs to be taken and place them into a pill organiser. An alarm (phone or watch) can be set for a time when pills should be taken. Taking medication at the same time every day will help to establish a habit that’s easy to remember.
Find products to simplify daily activities
Everyday tasks can become more challenging for older adults. But for many seniors, living independently is a life affirming challenge, one that keeps them invigorated and stimulated. Although, living alone can be a challenge. When taking care of elderly parents it’s worth spending a little time looking for effective products that can help to make everyday life easier.
Leading specialists in aging and eldercare recommend having a Mobile Help Medical Alert System. This can give your relative access to help when they’re alone, giving you and your loved one peace of mind. To discover other ‘must have’ products for elderly living try visiting The Age UK website.
Prepare for emergencies
Emergencies can strike quickly, however it’s possible to be prepared. Talk to a GP about receiving extra medical supplies and put these in a bag near the door. During an emergency the medicines you depend on everyday will be crucial to your health and safety. Make sure the emergency bag also contains hearing and visual aids and extra batteries. Include a list of make and serial numbers of all your medical devices i.e. pace makers, monitors.
Try to ensure that your elderly loved ones have a network of neighbours, relatives and friends that can aid them in case of an emergency. Of course, you will always want to be there if they needed you, but having a back-up is just good practice.
Keeping a health journal
The main reason to use a health journal is to keep track of information as it happens. Having a place to keep track of everything often relieves some of the stress. Health journals also have the added benefit of keeping the information accurate. While allowing you to easily share the information with family members and a care circle.
The most important thing to keep track of in a health journal is symptoms that worry you and that you want to ask a doctor about. The GP can then use this information to understand the highest priorities.
Dedicated Calendar to keep track of appointments.
Caring for a family member comes with a lot of responsibilities and thats not taking into account the emotional impact. One way to organise the workload is with an online calendar that you and other relatives and friends can access with permission. With the right tools you can keep everyone in the loop on your loved one’s medical appointments, meal deliveries and social needs.
As you know we’re very good at creating and keeping on top of online calendars, so if you need support with this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
If you’re taking care of personal admin on behalf of your parents, we can support you with this too. We can help you research care homes, have someone DBS checked and qualified to pop in to take care of your loved ones and organise appropriate social events. You don’t have to do this alone, we understand the emotional and practical implications caring for a loved one can have. However, with us in your corner you’ll feel more confident and supported that you and your relatives are getting all that they need.
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