When is the Best Time to Take Care of Your Aging Parents?
What are some warning signs my parents need help?
An important sign that aging parents need help is if their daily hygiene is suffering. Are they usually unkempt, as if they just got out of bed? Do they regularly bathe?
Check for body order and whether they’ve changed clothes. Are their nails in need of a trim? Is dental hygiene being neglected? If you can answer any of these questions affirmatively, your parents may need some help.
What are some signs that my parents may be at risk?
Can they climb the stairs easily? Can they get in and out of bed and showers without slipping? Can they safely drive themselves shopping or to doctors’ appointments?
Have they been losing weight due to loss of appetite? Do they skip meals? Are their meals healthy? If your parents don’t appear to be safe going about their daily routine, they may need assistance.
How can I avoid caregiver burnout?
You can avoid burnout in a variety of ways. Avoid financial strain by seeing if your parents are eligible for medicaid, which can reimburse you for care services. It’s also important to have a support system.
Taking turns with siblings or coordinating with your local community can ease some of the caregiving burden.