6 Ways to Prepare for the Senior Caregiving Journey – Protect Your Beloved Ones

6 Ways to Prepare for the Senior Caregiving Journey – Protect Your Beloved Ones

By Ashley Lipman of Outreachmama.com

As we continue to get older, so do our loved ones all around
us. As people age, it becomes more difficult to live a normal life like they
could when they were younger. This could be mobility restrictions, diseases and
a variety of other issues
that are common among the elderly
.

 

Sure, some seniors can care for themselves well into
retirement, but some will require assistance. Of course, there are companies,
housing or individuals that can assist, but this can often be expensive and may
not be something your loved ones want to do.

 

As a result, many adults will often have the responsibility
of caring for their parents, grandparents or other loved ones as they get
older. Unfortunately, doing this isn’t easy. But don’t worry, we’re here to
help.

 

Without any further ado, let’s look at some tips and ways to
prepare yourself for caring for your loved ones as they become seniors.

Keep an Open Conversation

The first thing to do in this situation is have a
conversation. You need to know the wants and needs of your aging loved ones,
and what they want their future to look like. Don’t simply assume things or
choose them for them, be sure to actively involve them in every decision made.
It is their lives, after all.

 

As they continue to age and the caregiving journey is
underway, make sure to keep the conversation open. Make sure they feel
comfortable offering alternatives or different solutions. Ensure they keep
their individuality and autonomy to some extent. It can be difficult for some
people to swallow their pride and get the help they need, so it is important to
still respect them.

Learn the Available Tools

It is important to do your homework and be aware of any
tools that could help you in this caregiving journey. This could be an app to
help keep them on schedule, an automation platform to help them easily turn
lights on and off from their mobile device, and a variety of other things. You
should also look into items and tools to keep them protected. 

 

This can range from EMF
Harmony devices
to protect them from the various electronics they may use,
to in-home mobility solutions to assist them in moving around. In addition to
physical tools and items/services, the internet itself can be a valuable tool
or resource. It is full of great information, and can help you learn about
products or solutions that you had no clue even existed.

Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle

One of the keys to aging with grace and maintaining a
quality standard of life is staying healthy. This includes being active, eating
a balanced diet and generally practicing good habits. A healthy life can make
it much easier for seniors to live on their own for longer periods of time
without assistance.

 

So, in general, it is a good idea to encourage your aging
family members or friends to stay as healthy as possible. Of course, make sure
they operate within their limitations and don’t push themselves too hard.

 

In addition to simply instructing or helping your senior
loved ones to be healthy, you should live it yourself. It is much easier to
make healthy changes (and notice the differences) when you are younger, so
start early.

Plan for the Financial Impact

As you could imagine, caring for someone as they get older
can be expensive. From the medical needs, to prescriptions, to the simple costs
of things like groceries or travel, the costs can add up. As a result, you need
to think about and plan for this financial impact well ahead of time. 

 

Also, talk to them about their finances and how much they
have and their plans for retirement. Some will have enough savings to handle a
lot of the cost, but sometimes, a lot might fall on your shoulders.

Sure, there are programs like Medicare
for senior citizens, it is not a perfect solution. There are some things it
won’t cover and it may only cover a certain percentage of different things.
Some things will need to still be paid out of pocket. So even if you have these
programs in place, it is a good idea to still plan for the financial impact of
this care.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

When caring for your loved ones as they age, it can feel a
little bit hopeless at times. Whether you are very tired or simply don’t know
what to do, it can be a struggle at times. Thankfully, you don’t need to do it
alone. There are a ton of experts

 

On a more casual level, the online resources we briefly
mentioned earlier can be a great option here as well. Message boards, forums
and even social media can be very helpful when it comes to getting your
questions and concerns dealt with. There will be several other people in your
situation, or who were once in your situation that should be able to help.

Self-Care
is Still Important

While caring for your aging loved ones is important, don’t lose the importance of self-care. If you don’t give yourself adequate time to relax, live your own life and do things that you want to, you could burn yourself out. Neglecting your own needs like this will only lead to bad results, and you could end up blowing up and then feeling incredibly bad about it later.

 

While it might sound obvious to not put others’ needs above your own, many people still do it. If you find yourself constantly being stressed, and never doing anything for yourself, it is time to pump the brakes. Your aging loved one will want you to be your own person and live your own life, not solely care for them and do nothing else.

 

In conclusion, we hope that this article has been able to help you learn some great ways to prepare yourself for the senior caregiving journey.

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Have a Healthy Day!,

Rod Stone
Author, Publisher and Founder of r Healthy Living Solutions, LLC,  Supplier of Healthy Living information and products to improve your life.

 


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