How to Plan for Aging Parents: A Guide for Gen X and Millennial Caregivers

When we were young, our parents took care of us. Now that they are aging, it’s time to return that favor by taking care of their increasing needs.

However, unless you know what to do and have a firm plan in place to put that knowledge into action, taking care of your aging parents at home can be hard.

To make the whole process easier and more efficient, here are a few pointers that should help you map things out.

Talk with Their Doctor

In order to know what your parents need, talk to their doctors and other caregivers first. They will be able to inform you of the diseases or conditions that are affecting your parents, if any, alongside letting you know about the potential future problems and how to avoid or treat them.

Talking with the doctors and other medical professionals who are looking after your parents is a preliminary and necessary step that will guide you towards developing a proper care plan for your parents. This should also make their present health condition clear to you, thus enabling you to take measures and steps towards arranging their care accordingly.

Install a Medical Alert System at their Place

Whether they are living with you or on their own, it is important for seniors to have access to a medical alert system. Look online and find a system that suits the needs and circumstances of your parents adequately.

After a certain age, a stroke, a fall or a cardiac arrest can happen at any given time, and the difference between life and death will often depend on how fast the emergency services are able to reach them. Having a medical alert system at home ensures that in case of a medical emergency, your parents are always taken care of, even when you are not there physically.

Ask for Their Assistance

Aging parents often do not realize that they need help. Given the fact that older people can be more sensitive, it is important not to upset them. Instead, always ask for their assistance and cooperation first, before trying to introduce anything new to their life.

It may take some time and convincing, but if you are about to hire a new caregiver to look after your parents, it is important to first explain why a stranger is suddenly living with them.

Just like children, elders respond better to routine both physically and mentally, so take care not to upset their routine in any way, without discussing the matter with them first.

Also, in general, behave nicely and patiently with your old parents because seniors will sometimes act out irrationally.

Share the Responsibilities

If special care is required due to age or illness, consider the following factors.

Do you need to share the responsibilities with someone, or can you manage on your own? If no one is available to help you, hiring a caregiver is essential. Can you afford that?

Tap into your parent’s medical insurance to reduce the financial pressure if you can. If your parents do not have insurance, use the help of Government-sponsored benefits for elder citizens.

Perhaps the most important thing to understand and accept about your aging parents is that they need help, whether they are asking for it or not.

However, once you have taken care of the things we just discussed, chances are that your parents will stay healthy and in good care for years to come, without you having to worry about their wellbeing every day.

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