The entire reason you’re here today is because of our parents. They wanted you in their lives so badly that they were willing to sacrifice an awful lot to bring you into the world. When you were born, you became absolutely everything to them – every other aspect of their lives were put on hold so that you do something as simple as existing. That was the case then, and their affection for you never dwindled – not for a second.

It has now been years since you were a teeny little thing that needed constant attention. You’re now a competent, fully-fledged adult with your own responsibilities. Your parents? Well, they’re the ones who need to be taken care of now. It may have felt like they were made of titanium at one point, but time catches up with everyone, and they’ll now need a little help for you at this stage. Your human instincts will kick in naturally when it comes to taking care of another person, but caring for elders can be quite a tricky task. Let’s look at a few basic things that should be done when taking care of those who raised you.    

Visit

It’s quite an obvious thought, but a lot of people don’t regularly see their elderly parents as they have a lot going on themselves. They have a lot of other commitments that they struggle to get out of. It can be a very lonely existence at times when you get old – especially if you’ve lost your other half. Make sure you spend time with them – it’ll mean an awful lot to them. It’s also a good idea to check how they are in terms of their overall health. You’ll want to be sure that they’re eating and drinking enough. Yes, they’re grown-ups and not toddlers, but it’s always wise to check just in case.

Get Help

If you’re not confident enough to take care of others as of yet, you can get in touch with a professional senior care company. They have trained people who are dedicated to helping out the elderly and the vulnerable in their own homes. It would be a great idea if you don’t have the time to help out yourself or if you’re struggling. You could also learn a thing or two from them.  

Shopping

If they’re able to get up and do it all themselves, then you’re probably not going to worry about it as going to the store will give them something to do. But if they’re too worn out for it, then doing their shopping and getting everything they need is a very caring thing to do for someone.

Do Things With Them

What they’re now able to do has become limited. Gone are the days of the immense physical sport. A lot of the time they’ll have zero motivation as they’ll be quite tired. You could spend a few hours with them and do some fun activities with them every now and again. Keep a spring in their steps and a smile on their faces.   

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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