As our elderly relative’s age, the child-parent role changes. They have spent their lives taking care of us, but now it’s our responsibility to take care of them. We should step up the game and give them independence, support, and stability at the same time. You might think that once your parent reaches a particular age, they are better off in a care home where they get the supervision. However, independence, and having something to do and look forward to can improve their lives. Below you will find a few ideas on how to support your parents while they remain in their own home.

Elderly Home Care and Nursing

If your elderly relative is in need of companionship or needs medical attention, look for reliable services in the neighborhood. They will be able to who will check on your parents when you can’t.

If they live far from you, and you can’t go more than once a week to visit, you might consider signing up for elderly companion services. They can provide the support needed as well as opportunities to socialize. A professional company will also be able to provide you with updates. This will give you peace of mind when you cannot be with your loved one in person.

Independent Living

Elderly relatives who are unable to perform self-care tasks may have to move closer to help.  This could be to a place where they can live independently but still have the help at their fingertips if they need it. There are several independent living facilities for older people; This will allow them to have their space, cook for themselves, and make new friends in the neighborhood at the same time.

Day Care

If your parent lives alone, you’ll need to find a way to get them out of the house. It can be challenging if you are working full time, so sign up for a senior day care service. These services organize day trips and all kinds of other social events.  From cooking demonstrations to bingo and light walks, there are several programs your parent will enjoy, and this will break down the long days.

Get Them Involved In Family Life

It might also be a good idea to let your parent stay the weekend and ask them to look after the children. As a bonus, you will have kids who will learn to respect their elders. You might be worried about the generation gap, but many young kids love spending time with older people. A recent experiment in the UK placed 4-year olds in an old people’s home. The kids had a blast, and the seniors showed improvements in their mobility and mental capacity.

Give A Reason

It is also a good idea to set challenges and get elderly parents involved in community life. If your parent is fit and healthy for their age, you can encourage them to volunteer in the local church or charity. This way they will meet new people, and find a new purpose in life after retirement.

The best thing you can do for your elderly parents is to let them keep their independence and maintain their autonomy and self-esteem. Use these approaches to help them make the most out of old age.