Taking care of elderly relatives

Edith By Edith, 16th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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taking care of the elderly people has great rewards but can also be challenging.It is therefore necessary for the caregivers to be aware of some of the challenges they are likely to encounter and how to handle these challenges without compromising the quality of life of the elderly people and their own health

Taking care of Elderly Relatives

As people age, there is need for assistance in their daily lives. Care given to the elderly people is mostly from the children and other relatives. Old age is sometimes accompanied by chronic illness such as diabetes and hypertension that require continuous medical care and therefore the financial burden on the caregivers. This can further be compounded by the fact that most of the caregivers could heavy financial and social obligations to meet from their children and the society.However, despite the the challenges of taking care of the elderly relatives and especially the parents, the following measures can help to ease the burden of caring.
1. Plan in advance. Old age is an eventuality that can not be escaped. The caregiver needs to be prepared psychologically for this eventuality. Also prepare on the living arrangement and how to meet medical bills. In some countries where medical insurance cover is not a must, the caregivers will need to think of taking such cover for the elderly person. Elderly people like having some money to do little things for themselves or just to feel good. A little pocket money will go a long way to make then happy.
2. Discuss with the elderly person and others on the most appropriate care. It is not good to assume that the person who is aging has no preferential treatment.
3. Be realistic on what you can accomplish and communicate the same to the elderly person and the other concerned parties.
4. Enlist social support. For example if you are living far from you elderly parents, you can pay someone to take care of them and to keep then company
5. Taking care of yourself to avoid burn- out. Self care means eating a well - balanced diet, exercising, taking time to rest, getting adequate sleep and time to connect with God and other people.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2013 (#)

Good points, Edith. Times and situations have changed in Asia too. A generation back not many women worked, so someone was always close at hand in own homes. But now most elderly are left alone or shifted to old age homes which many cannot get reconciled to - siva

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