What You Should Consider Before Volunteering to Take Care of Your Elderly Parents

The decision to care for your elderly parents, while noble, should not be made lightly. Undertaking the oversight of any person is a major responsibility on several levels. Take time to evaluate the services that will be required and your ability to render them, including the following.

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Taking Care of Elderly Parents: 5 Ways You Can Improve Mom and Dad’s Life at Home

Contributed by Lizzie Weakley

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According to a major survey by the AARP, 87% of seniors want to remain in their home and neighborhood as they age rather than moving into an assisted living or senior living community. There are many ways you can help your parents age at home while maintaining safety and quality of life. Here are five ways you can make their day-to-day life easier, safer, and happier.

Remind Them They’re Needed

Everyone wants to feel needed and useful. Many seniors have a great fear of becoming a burden to loved ones, and this fear may be realized when they can no longer care for themselves completely and need help from their children. You can improve your parents’ mental health and reinforce that they are still needed by asking for help with tasks that match their abilities. For example, ask for help cooking dinner or folding laundry. This will help your parents feel that they are still contributing to the family.
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