Caring For your Old Ages parent

Health care for the elderly is an issue that is both difficult to assess and even harder to come to terms with. As children and adolescents, we often turn to our parents for guidance and support and we’ve come to see them as solid foundations on which our family is built. This is why most people do not recognize the immediate need for their parents to have a solid health care plan that can support them and ensure their continued good health. Apart from obvious signs of a deteriorating health, aging can present itself with minor symptoms of restlessness, irritation, weight loss, confusion or a diminished capacity to remember things. It is important that they get regular visits to their doctor to make
sure that life threatening illnesses and progressive diseases such as Alzheimer’s get diagnosed early.

 

Health care and life insurance can assist them in seeking the best treatment and consultation available. As it is difficult for parents to seek help from their children, you can ease their burden and secure their well-being at the same time by giving them options they can utilize
during routine checkups and emergencies.

 

A certain degree of independence from their young and the need to socialize with people within their age bracket is a good indication of a healthy mental state. As with any health issues at their age, detection at an early stage can mean a great difference to their quality of life. More than health care and life insurance, it’s important that you maintain a visual presence in their life as they value your
active participation despite the way they complain about things. A cup at Starbucks or a good movie during the weekends goes a long way. In this way you can actively monitor their health and spend quality time with them as well.

 

Health Concerns

There can be signs of additional serious mental health problems. If the parents get lost or baffled in familiar environments, show signs of weight loss as they are forgetting to eat (even when they have plenty of food at home) or they are leaving potentially hazardous electrical or fuel appliances on, they need to find care assistance. These are serious indicators actually struggling to live independently, and delaying the concept of seeking help could be costly to their health.

Changes in Behaviour

It’s not necessarily uncommon for elderly parents to admonish the concept of help, especially from their son or daughters, but changes in their behaviour can be quite a sign that they need proper care. While some behavioral changes, similar to irritation, anger and confusion, can be quite a sign of mental health complications, it can also be an underlying cause of concern if your parents are reluctant to go out or they no longer wish to socialize with others. As it becomes increasingly more difficult to travel and go out, many pensioners become withdrawn in addition to anti-social. This type of behaviour can produce mental and physical difficulties, and providing care in these circumstances can ensure that they stay active and in your head engaged with others.

 

Different Levels of Care

There are various levels of care available to elderly people, and they can range from assistance provided by a part-time career to full-time assisted living. Typically, elderly parents who are enduring mental health problems, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, will need higher amounts of care as their condition deteriorates, and also the same may apply to those that have serious mobility problems. Care requirements are assessed and provided by the NHS via local authorities, although private care options can be considered. If you are focused on your elderly parents because associated with health or behavioural indicators, you should seriously consider looking at the care options open to you. Just having someone pop into their home a couple of hours a week can make a positive change, and it could help prevent serious future problems.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I feel taking care of your parents in their old age is a responsibility every child should shoulder. I think you have presented a really great post here and everything that you have mentioned makes a lot of sense.

  2. In caring for old parents, we put off putting them in nursing care facility because it is synonymous to not caring which should not be the case. It is being responsible that get the proper care.

  3. Hi Temilola, Caring for old parents can sometimes overwhelming due to the behavior change they encounter in elderly ages. Situation is the same, once we needed care and they took pride in caring for us, then why it is troublesome for us to give them back the love and care they deserve.

  4. this topic makes me sob sometimes because i don’t have my paternal grand parents anymore, but am seriously taking care of that of my maternal and believe me they are so much happy about their grandson

  5. Hey Temilola,

    This definitely is a very important topic and one everyone needs to face.

    My parents have always had something in place because they knew that time would come that they wouldn’t be able to be self sufficient any longer. Mainly due to the health problems my father incurred during his life.

    We lost him over 10 years ago now and we moved my Mom next door to me last summer. Her health is still fairly good but she has a big hearing loss. She’s really getting up there in age and although the time still may come where we’ll have to place her somewhere, for now she’s still doing well on her own. At least I’m right next door to her so she’s in good hands.

    ~Adrienne

    • Hello Adrienne, Am so sorry about your loss, though its long ago, but since this is the first time am hearing that..

      Our parent need so much care from us most especially the old ages one, they have care for us, when they are young , so why do we need to ignore them, when it should be payback time to the good deed they have done to us..

      Am glad seeing you here

  6. Hi Temilola,

    A very important topic that most of us tend to neglect.

    I guess no one realizes that old age is going to come to them also one day, and even if they do, they don’t want to see the fact that their own elders need their attention and care. You mentioned some good points about caring for your old age parents, which I hope people read and follow.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day ahead 🙂

    • Dear Harleena,
      You are right, no one realize that old age is surely coming to knock on their door one day also, because if they do , most old ages parent would not be ignore..

      Thank you for reading…
      have a nice weekend..

  7. Hi Tami,
    This is a very interesting post indeed and i love it. Of cause, we have to care for our old parents because they care for us when we needed them so, why not be there for them when they’ll also need you?

    Also remember that one good turn deserves another so, if we have to take care of our parents when they grow old so that our own children will also care for us when we grow old.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hello Theodore,

      you are absolutely right, when we take care of our old ages parent, we are only laying down good example to our children also, and most especially these parent uses most of there days to care for us, so why should we ignore them, when they needed us the most? i see no reason why we should not give them the proper care they deserve..
      Thanks for your kind comment….

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