It can be difficult to notice changes and decline in your elderly parents. These changes can be subtle, such as forgetfulness or trouble with everyday tasks. Some aging parents become more withdrawn. For many, these changes come with many questions and added challenges. At BeeHive Homes in New Mexico, we can help you decide which steps to take in helping your aging parents get care.
- Assess the situation: Observe the situation (what is going on with your parent) and gather information from others. It’s important to check on signs of memory issues, difficulty with daily tasks, and any red flags.
- Get your parent’s perspective: It is important to understand how your parent(s) sees the situation. Find out what’s important to them before attempting to make any changes.
- Do your research: Knowledge is power. It’s crucial to look into ideal medical and eldercare interventions; This will allow you to understand whether there are concerns regarding memory, safety, and independence and how to plan accordingly.
- Create an action plan and stick to it: You will need to create an action plan based on what you have learned about your parent’s situation and needs. Every case is different, but some priorities you may consider are:
- Meet with a medical professional to better understand any medical issues.
- Address the most important issues related to safety and home care.
- Have a heart-to-heart with your parent(s) and agree on any changes and plans for care or transitions to assisted living.
Once you take steps to create a solid plan make sure to stick to it. Even if it takes a few tries, it’s imperative to follow through.
The above steps are only a few that can be taken to get your elderly parent(s) care. Although it may be difficult at first, implementing a solid plan gets you on the road to a brighter future for senior care. If assisted living is needed, our small group senior residences are here to help. The caregivers at BeeHive Homes of New Mexico will lend a hand every step of the way!