Simply Nerdy Mom: How To Look After an Aging Relative

Monday, June 3, 2019

How To Look After an Aging Relative

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We all have responsibilities in life. While we’d like to live a life full of endless pleasure and good times, that’s just not possible if we want to live a noble life. We need to make the most of our abilities, try to be better, and think of others. When it comes to your parents or another loved one in the later stages of their life, it’s important that we’re there to offer support and comfort when they need it. If they’re ill or simply less able than they used to be, then we need to do our bit to make their life better. We take a look at a few ways you can help below. 


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Be Respectful

You might think that you know what’s best for your mom or dad, but the truth is that you don’t: they do. Nobody likes to be told what to do or how it’s going be, and this applies especially to parents. They’ve been masters of their destiny since they left their own family’s home way back when, and they’re not suddenly going to give that up just because you think you know what’s good for them. If you’re going to help your parents (or anyone else), then always remember to be respectful. It’s the only way you’ll get through to them.


Small Jobs 

Don’t go overboard with the help, at least initially. Start small. Things like picking up groceries, preparing meals, and driving your relative to where they need to be are small tasks, and will help them to get used to the idea of accepting help from you. It’s a way of easing the transition to one of carer/receiver of help. 



Get Help from Others

You might have the will to help your loved one, but you can’t do it all on your own. After all, you’ve got your own life to live! As such, it’s important that you rope in the help of other people. There’s no space for a star player when it comes to looking after others; it’s about teamwork. Alongside any siblings you may have, you’ll also want to look at working with a company that offers home care. You may be thinking, “what is home care?” -- it’s where a professional offers care in the patient’s home, rather than in a nursing home or hospital. The more people there are to help your relative, the better care they’ll receive. 


Look After Yourself

The emphasis will mostly be on your relative, of course, but it’s mightily important that you’re looking after yourself, too. It can take a heavy toll on a person, looking after a sick or aging relative, and if you’re not taking steps to protect yourself then you might find that you pay the price. In order to offer the best care possible, you need to be operating at 100%! Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and doing things like meditation. They’ll all help you to cope with the pressures of looking after a loved one.


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