Ways You Can Help Take Care of Your Parents

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Even if they don’t admit it, as your parents get older, they will start to need help with daily activities. Most people have considered how they can support their parents as they age. Some plan to move in with their parents or have parents move in with them. For others, moving their parents into an aged care facility is the right solution. Regardless, there are some ways you can begin to take care of your parents as they age to help alleviate their stress and make their lives easier.

Spend Time with Them

Taking care of your parents can be as simple as spending some quality time with them. As people age, mobility becomes an issue, so getting out and about happens less frequently. Seniors can often become lonely in their homes and crave socialization. Let your parents know that you care and still like spending time with them. It could be going over and watching their favorite show together or taking them for a walk in the park. No one wants to feel forgotten, and they will look forward to every activity you do together.

Meal Prep

Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is more important than ever as your parents get older. Often, nutrition can fall by the wayside as meals become harder to cook, and convenience becomes key. Meal prepping for your parents will make a dramatic difference in their life and remove the stress and burden of having to make meals from scratch. Since they also may not be able to get out to the grocery store often, having delicious, healthy meals that they just need to heat up will help substantially.

Help Them with their Personal Hygiene

People often forget hygiene as they age, or it simply becomes too hard to maintain. Showering becomes a hard task, especially for those who are immobile or have problems standing for prolonged periods. Doing laundry is also a struggle, and they may end up staying in the same clothes since they aren’t going out anyway. Factors like poor eyesight may cause them to avoid cutting their nails for fear of cutting themselves. Helping your parents with their hygiene like washing their hair, doing laundry, trimming their hair and nails will give them a much better quality of life.

Clean their House

Another way you can help your parents as they age is by cleaning their house. Bending over, lifting things, and climbing ladders are not possible; therefore, household chores become increasingly difficult. It can be hard for parents to admit they aren’t able to take care of the house, but they will be very grateful for help with the cleaning. There are risks involved in chores like mopping the kitchen or getting up on the step ladder to dust corners. By helping them keep their living space clean, you will prevent accidents from happening.

It may not seem like much but committing to these tasks weekly will have a significant impact on the quality of your parents’ lives.

Thanks to Ana

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