We know that most children struggle with the idea of how to properly care for their elderly parents. Although this conversation seems like one for the far future, it’s never a bad idea to start talking about this important subject. Being an at home caregiver for your parents can be a full-time job, so it’s crucial that you feel prepared and supported before taking on this responsibility.
General Caring Tips
Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning how to care for elderly parents.
1. Fully understand all that will be required.
Although “required” seems like a scary term when thinking about your parents’ health, we’re talking about the commitment itself as well as the medical needs of your parents. It may seem like Mom and Dad are simply going to be living in a part of your home, but the reality is much larger.
Grab a notepad and jot down all the ways in which you’ll need to provide care. Once you have an overall picture of how much help your senior needs, be realistic in deciding what you feasibly can and can’t do. (It’s okay to admit that you’ll need extra help! See #4.)
2. Budget, budget, budget!
Before quitting your job to care for your parent full-time, think of the monetary consequences of not having a fixed income. Create a “Caregiving Budget” by listing all the expenses, such as medication, then compare the list to what your parents can afford and/or what you can contribute as well.
Consider the cost of keeping your parents in their home, if that’s a reasonable option. There are also plenty of resources out there to aid in the payment of caregiving services, in addition to Medicare and Medicaid, so researching those options is always a good idea.
3. Have “the talk.”
This conversation will be uncomfortable, but it’s a vital one to have. You’ll need to have a clear picture of what to do (and what your parent wants) if you need to make legal decisions for them.
4. Consider hiring a professional at home caregiver.
What’s wonderful about in-home care services is that their level of involvement can be adjusted to fit your schedule and your parents’ needs.
Benefits of an At Home Caregiver
At Georgia Senior Living Care, all of our caregivers are screened and trained to be certified Nurse Aides or Personal Care Assistants. They’re able to help both you and your senior in a variety of ways. A few of our services include:
- Bathing, grooming, and dressing
- Light housekeeping
- Grocery shopping
- Medication reminders
- Meal preparation and planning
- Transportation to medical and social appointments
An added benefit of using Georgia Living Senior Care is that all of our in-home clients are invited to join the social activities put on by and for the residential community. If you’re ready to start the process of caring for your elderly parents, all you need to do is call our In-Home Administrator to get started!