One day your parent is young and vibrant and the next thing you know their being called grandma or grandpa by a toddler – life moves so fast in between those spaces it allows age to creep up on each of us. Then suddenly, you find your mother and father acting differently, perhaps even a bit. The last time you had visited your parents they seemed fine, but a few months later, you are surprised when they seem different, not themselves, and they appear to be less able to care for themselves. The changes you note may be the first signs that something is amiss and that your parent may require additional care.
Hints Aging Parents Are Having Trouble
It can be all too easy for a loved one to deny there is an issued with their parent, just as it is easy for a parent to deny there is a problem. It is natural to crave your autonomy and to want to remain independent. Yet, sometimes extra help is necessary, even vital, and to ignore the issue can have detrimental consequences. More importantly, time is of the essence when your aging parent is having trouble – the sooner you identify the issue and address it, the sooner you can improve your parent’s quality of life and ensure their safety.
You Are Able To Offer Some Assistance
As your parent’s loved one, you are in the best position to determine if something is amiss and if help may be necessary. Bear in mind that just because your parent needs help it doesn’t mean he or she must go to a nursing home or assisted living facility. If you identify a problem you will also have to determine the best course of action to take based on a number of factors, including the severity of your parent’s condition and if you can handle such a problem in a home environment.
In a good situation, a parent will prepare for end of life care well in advance. If not, the loved one needs to make prompt decisions about a parent’s care if he or she notices that the parent is having problems with self-care. For some good tips on assessing a parent’s well-being and if they are in need of care, we will offer a number of different focus points in our second article that you can read here.