When we were kids, our parents seem invincible. They had answers to all our questions, and they could face and get through any situation—somehow. They were always strong, and in full control. As you grow older, you realize that they are not actually “all knowing”; they just find out, so that they know the answers to your questions. They’re not always in control; they’re just very good at making you feel that way. As children, we never imagine that one day, our strong and capable parents will come to depend on us; or that we’ll have to support them, in more than one way. More often than not, the elders of today would prefer not to “trouble” or become an inconvenience to their children, and would rather enroll themselves into nursing homes. But we all know that they are not being honest; after all, who would want to live away from their home and children? Here are a few tips on how to make taking care of the elders possible, even with busy lives.
A companion for when you’re not around
Ok, so the biggest issue that most people have, is that they are not home for more than half the day—and this becomes a problem when you have to take care of someone who needs constant care. Though it’s not idealistic, consider hiring help. Most countries have centers for aged care traineeships Albany, and they’ll be willing to send you the help that you need. Since they are trained, they’ll be able to even handle emergency situations, even when you cannot be contacted.
Nevertheless if your elders are capable of taking care of their basic needs by themselves, yet you worry about leaving them alone when you have to be away from home, then rather than opting for someone from a center for aged care traineeships, opt for a companion. Just someone who’d be their “friend”. This person should (preferably) be strong and reasonably knowledgeable about handling emergency situations. Think of it as hiring a baby sitter—only the “baby” is fully grown.
Preparing your home
Remember, when your child was just beginning to walk or crawl about, and you used to “baby safe” the house? Likewise, you need to make your home, and especially the room and washroom that they are going to be using, safe for them. If their eyesight is beginning to fail, then it’s better if you could get your home decluttered. This will reduce the chances of accidents. Their room and bathroom needs special attention too. Soften out the “dangerous corners” of their room; the bruises they get won’t heal as fast as before. Get railings fixed for both the toilet and the bathtub; trust us, they’d really appreciate being able to do those things by themselves. If you’ve placed rugs in their room, make sure that it’s the non-slip variety; take care to give their bathroom the same attention too.