How to Care for an Aging Parent Effectively

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Effective Ways to Take Care of a Senior Loved One

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As the caregiver to an aging parent, you’ll want to make sure you do everything you can do to keep him or her as comfortable, content, and safe as possible. Caring for an elderly loved one can pose many challenges, but with the right tools and mindset, the experience can be mutually fulfilling. Here are some things you can do to be an effective caregiver to your parent.

Monitor Medications

Make sure your loved one takes all prescribed medications. In addition, it’s essential to monitor your parent for any adverse reactions or side effects the medications may cause, such as dizziness, confusion, constipation, diarrhea, blurred vision, and fatigue. If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your parent’s healthcare provider. The doctor can review the medications and determine which ones are causing the side effects, then lower the dosage of the offending drug or discontinue it altogether.

Professional caregivers can assist older adults with medication reminders and keeping up with medical appointments. If your senior loved one needs help managing an illness or assistance with daily tasks, make sure you choose a top-rated provider of in-home care. Palm Desert Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life in the golden years. From the mentally stimulating activities in our Cognitive Therapeutics Method to our friendly Care Managers who are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, we offer a wide array of high-quality at-home care services.

Encourage Exercise

The benefits of exercise are many and include increased mobility, pain relief, better range of motion, a positive mood, and healthier sleep. Discuss the benefits of exercise with your loved one and implement a mild exercise routine. Prior to starting a new exercise program, discuss it with a physician to make sure your loved one is healthy enough to start a new physical activity regimen. Exercising doesn’t need to be strenuous. Even a leisurely stroll after mealtimes can provide relief from pain, depression, and insomnia. Physical activity helps the body express chemicals such as endorphins, which are often referred to as “feel-good” chemicals. Endorphins are thought to boost mood, decrease the perception of pain, enhance restful sleep, and promote strong immune function.

Plan Social Events

Elderly people are sometimes socially isolated because of illness or loss of mobility. Caring for an aging parent effectively includes planning social events with other family members and friends. If your loved one doesn’t have any friends, or if family lives too far away, simply taking him or her to a restaurant, shopping mall, park, or senior center is a good alternative. Going out into the community allows your parent to interact with other people and provides something to look forward to, and it may also reduce feelings of anxiety, sadness, loneliness, and depression.

Living alone at home in the golden years can present a few unique challenges. Trust Palm Desert senior care professionals to help your senior loved one maintain a higher quality of life while he or she manages an illness and performs the daily tasks of living.

Maintain Communication with Doctors

As a caregiver, it’s important to keep in close contact with your parent’s medical team. Calling the physician or dentist at the first sign of a problem ensures your loved one gets prompt treatment so the issues don’t progress into something more serious. Addressing medical issues also provides your loved one with a sense of security knowing you’re effectively communicating with his or her healthcare providers.

Looking after your loved one’s basic needs is important, but providing care without assistance may become challenging at times. Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, Palm Desert families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home. To hire a reliable and trained caregiver, call Home Care Assistance today at (760) 345-0001.