By : Anita Ginsburg
As the population of this country ages, many adult children are becoming their parents’ caregivers. If you have recently found yourself in this situation, you may be feeling as if you’re navigating through uncharted waters. Naturally, you understand and respect the desire that elderly people have to remain as independent as possible, but you also want your parents to be safe. Fortunately, you’ve got several good options concerning keeping your parents comfortable and happy.
Keep In Contact Often
Many of us have difficulty finding time during our busy days to call or visit our parents, but it’s worth it to find a few minutes to make a brief telephone call at least twice a week. This will mean more than you probably know to your parents, and if you’ve got things to attend to, putting your children on the phone will please your parents and free up your time. Your parents will want to keep in touch and know what is going on your life, as well as your children’s lives.
Be Aware of Transportation Issues
If your parents are no longer able to drive, make certain that they’ve got reliable transportation to medical appointments and social activities. Your local senior services agency can assist you with finding community resources that can help with the transportation needs of the elderly. If family lives close by, consider taking turn or assigning days to drive your parents to the appointments and to the store to get groceries.