Caring for Seniors
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Your parents need you in their old age more than they do at any other point in time. Caring for seniors requires understanding and patience. To learn more check out this video.
Transcript: After a lifetime of caring for us, sometimes our parents need us to take care of them. Dr. Mom is a...
After a lifetime of caring for us, sometimes our parents need us to take care of them. Dr. Mom is a physician and she's also had to care for an elderly parent. Here are three tips for taking care of an aging parent or loved one. The first thing you need to consider with an aging parent is that the parent has all of his or her finances in order, that the living will is written, that you know exactly what your father or mother wants done in case of emergencies. A living will, an advanced directive, a medical power of attorney are all valuable devices. Once that hurdle is jumped, you can then get on to the very important piece of making sure that your parent is in a familiar social environment, and a place where their dignity and independence will be respected for as long as possible. One of the most important things to remember is that your parent is still a social being and still has feelings, even when they can't express exactly how feeling it's important to be sure that they are in a place where they get respect and dignity, where people talk to them, where people interact with them, where they actually have people who touch them, and hold them, and take them to other rooms and to social areas, so that they can see other people and be part of an all encompassing environment.As a caregiver, you can get really, really tired, it's very important that you take care of yourself, that means, perhaps, getting someone in to help you. It also might mean that sometimes some of the more intimate chores, you might want to hire somebody for, because that preserves your relationship with the mother or father you remember before the illness struck.More »
Last Modified: 2013-11-22 | Tags »
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