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4 Ways to Look After Your Elderly Parents in Need

It is a difficult thing to have elderly parents who need care. It’s even more difficult when the children are not close by and can’t provide enough time for their parents. In this post, we will discuss four ways to help you look after your elderly parents in need from afar.

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#1 Regularly assess their needs 

Regularly assess your parents’ needs. This will allow you to monitor any changes in their health and help them get the services they need before it becomes a problem. You can also keep yourself updated with information on local care providers so that you have an idea of what is available where you are based at the moment. Identify critical social support networks for elderly people who live alone or without immediate families, such as churches, clubs, senior citizens’ centers, etc., which offer regular activities or opportunities for companionship if required by seniors living there. This might be difficult for those with mental illnesses like dementia because they sometimes tend to wander away.

#2 Take time to call or visit them as much as possible 

Take time to visit or call them as much as possible. Sometimes, they might not communicate verbally with you, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t want your company and love. Take advantage of new technologies like Skype and Facetime, allowing you to see each other during the calls, even if it is only for a few minutes. You can also go online (if available in their area) and chat on social media using applications such as WhatsApp so that they get all the news about what’s happening around them from family members who live far away – without having to leave home!

#3 Care for them yourself 

Caring for your parents yourself is something many people wish they could do. There are many services available to help manage day-to-day tasks like cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc. One option would be utilizing PCS, which allows loved ones to look after their elderly family members as their Personal Care Aides. This is also an excellent option if your loved one would like to receive at-home assistance, but not from someone they don’t know. In addition, PCS is also covered by Medicaid, meaning your family member will receive this paid service without any concerns financially.  

#4 Consider finances during the entire process 

Consider finances during the entire process. You need to hire specific services, especially if your parents are living alone and do not have a support network available in their area. These could include assistance with laundry, cooking, etc., while some other tasks like cleaning up after them or managing medication on time can be done by family members themselves (if they live nearby). Also, check whether there is funding for these services; most governments provide financial aid based on age or income levels, so this should help reduce out-of-pocket costs!

In conclusion, taking care of elderly parents is a fundamental responsibility for their children. However, sometimes, taking them in with you might not be possible because certain circumstances can prevent it from happening.

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