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How to Cope With Aging Parents

There will probably come a time when you’ll have to start caring for your aging parents. This is a stressful period because you already have many other responsibilities. Fortunately, this is a growing concern, so there are many resources and services available to help you cope.

Three Tips for Coping

1. It’s important to create a plan for your parents’ long-term care. Talk to your parents about what they want and check to see what their health insurance will cover. A plan should also include eating well, exercise, regular check-ups, and hobbies.

2. You also have to take care of yourself during this time. Joining a support group for caretakers allows you to share your personal experiences, and advice from others. You also need to make time for hobbies, or just to relax.

3. Ask family members, and friends of your parents to help out. This prevents you from feeling overwhelmed. Many people would be happy to help out on occasion. As your parents’ health starts to decline, you can hire a home health aide.

Home Health Aides

Most seniors prefer to remain in their own home. By providing your parents with regular visits from a home health aide, they can maintain their independence. You want to hire professional heath care providers to ensure your parents get the best care.

The Charter Health Care Training Center teaches and trains people to be certified nurses’ aides and home health care workers. The instructors are all registered nurses with years of experience. When it’s time to start looking for someone reliable and compassionate to care for your parents, you want to hire someone with the type of training offered by Charter Health Care Training Center.

As your parents get older, using a health care professional can lessen the burden and make it easier for you to care for your aging parents.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Christy says:

    I have been dreading this time when my parents get closer to the age when they will need living assistance. I am certainly glad that there are many resources that give you options and which can provide support in many ways. My parents have a good HMO plan which provides them with prepared meals that are healthy and planned by nutritionists. These meals come in frozen trays, but they are by no means anything like the TV dinner trays you buy at the supermarket which often contain many preservatives. No, these meals are healthy and they come with little sodium. I enjoy them. These are delicious.

  2. Bart says:

    Having aging parents is very difficult to deal with sometimes especially when you are working a full time job and you can’t be with them all the time. I worry about them because I can’t be there all the time but I also don’t want anything to happen to them. I am thinking that in home care is the way to go in my case so at least I know they aren’t alone.

  3. Sarah says:

    Coping with elderly parents is not something they teach you in school how to do. I am currently taking some health service classes so that I can better assist them but they should warn you about things like this and tell you what it will do to your life as far as changes you will have to make. Thank you for the advice here it is great and timely.

  4. Anthony says:

    This is a great post and the more people can read stuff like this they can deal with the situation better because you know that you are not alone in the battle. When I first started dealing with this stuff I thought for sure that I was the only one out there that had parents that couldn’t take care of themselves but I was wrong. Thank you for the work you have done here.

  5. Mary says:

    When an aging parent needs caregiving, the children often need to take responsibility. But what happens when only one of many siblings steps up to the plate? It’s almost a full-time job. Making sure my grandmother is happy and not feeling lonely means daily visits. Her never-ending stream of medical issues means weekly — if not more frequent — trips to the doctors. Paying her rent and her aides while keeping an eye on the bottom line means constant vigilance if she is going to have any financial security in the long term.

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