Adapting Your Home To Suit Your Aging Parent
Everyone’s home is very personal to them, decorated and furnished in a certain favoured style. When your home needs to be adapted to someone else’s needs (even when that person is your parent) it can be very hard for everybody to come to terms with. If an elderly parent is supported to remain in their own home, many of these adaptations can be accessed for free via the NHS and a referral to an Occupational Therapist. You can find out more about all types of support available here.
Struggling With The Health Issues of Your Aging Parent
When a parent has health issues that cause them to be aggressive towards other members of the family, or to behave unpredictably, it can be hard to explain to younger children why this is happening. You may need to protect children from any verbal abuse or help them to cope with certain behaviour they are not familiar with. But it can help to remind them that you parent is also their grandparent, that they love them and, most importantly, that their behaviour is usually outside their control. As with adults caring for older people, especially where their mental capabilities are impaired, there are a range of strategies to minimise certain behaviour and cope with difficult behaviour.
Looking After Your Own Family & Your Parent
Looking after your own children or grandchildren in addition to caring for your elderly parent can be tough. There’s so much to do and only so much time and energy to put into it all. If you have young children it can be very hard to help them understand why you can’t give them as much time and attention as you did before.
These are just some of the many practical challenges you may experience when caring for a parent. However, there are many benefits to looking after a parent, but it is also worth ensuring you have considered other options such as live-in care to make sure you and your parent are making the best possible choice for all involved.
Most important, is that you and your parent look at all the options available to you. Live-In Care enables people to stay in their own home for as long as they would like to. Many people just don’t realise that this is an option.