Only Child Caregiver Guide for Senior Parents

February 7th, 2019 by John Wilson

While many families have multiple children, who can split up the tasks involved with caring for aging parents, only children caring for those who need senior assisted living face an even greater challenge. The good news is you aren’t truly alone. The following guide will help you take good care of your parents, even if it means putting them into independent living communities in OKC.

Be Open and Honest

You may feel like you’re obligated to take care of your parents, especially after they provided the care you needed over the years. However, there’s no shame in admitting you need help caring for them. Unfortunately, your parents may not be ready to admit they need more help around the house, which leaves it in your hands to talk to them. Be patient and understanding, but lay out what issues you’ve noticed and help them see why independent living in Oklahoma can be the ideal option to get them the help they need without interfering with their desire to live on their own.

Independent living choices are sometimes the best option.

It can be beneficial to decide on independent living.

Check Your Resources

If you do decide to provide the care your aging parents need on your own, there are resources that may be able to help you avoid excessive disturbance to your daily life. After all, odds are you still have a family of your own to care for and a home to manage. Talk to your employer to find out if they offer any Employee Assistance Programs to help cover any time you must take off of work for appointments or other needs your parents may have. The Family Medical Leave Act may also provide coverage in some circumstances. In addition, don’t feel ashamed of seeking respite care to handle your parents for a day or two if you feel you need a break. Talk to your parents’ circle of friends and extended family members to find out if they can offer some assistance as well. Spreading out the work ensures you don’t get stressed out too quickly and can still take care of your own needs.

Make Their Home More Accessible

One of the biggest risks of aging in place for seniors is falling. However, there are some small things you can do around the house to minimize this risk and make their home much safer. Besides moving into senior assisted living where these changes are standard, there’s no better way to protect your aging loved ones. Placing rails in the bathtub and near the toilet will make it much safer for your parents to use their bathroom. Go through the home and remove any clutter they may trip over, including loose rugs and electrical cords. Using nightlights in the hallway, the bathroom and the bedrooms can also make it easier for seniors to see where they’re going if they get up during the night.

If you want to protect your parents and don’t have the time or resources to help them age in place, contact us. The Village at Oakwood offers independent living in Oklahoma so you can rest assured your parents are in good hands.

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