As adults, it’s easy to get caught up in our own lives that we sometimes forget other people in our lives, like friends and family. And when it comes to family, it’s often our parents who take the blunt part of our busy schedules. Too many missed birthdays and holiday celebrations can make us blind to our parents’ slow aging until it’s time they need taken care of.
Despite being busy, though, we still want to give back and take care of our parents. Here are some tips for you to successfully do that.
Keep Your Connections
A crucial task that you should implement into your daily life is to constantly keep in touch with them. Of course, it’s not right to always call them to the point where it gets in the way of your work and theirs but to be able to have even just a quick conversation with them whenever you can, like at lunch or before you head back home does not take away too much of your time.
Our parents understand that working class can get quite busy -they have been in our situation themselves, after all. Besides, you are not obliged nor expected to spend a very long time on the phone with them day after day. What’s important is you keep a healthy relationship with your parents, know that they are safe, and for them, also feel assured that their family is not forgetting them.
Make Sure You Spend Time With Them
Even if you live far from your folks, especially with them, being physically present with family is something everybody should do. Stories of less cooperative and more emotionally distant parents are not unheard of. When your busy schedule makes you choose to spend less time with your parents, whether it’s just hanging out and having coffee or other social activities, your connection with them might dwindle. If you are living with them in the same house, make a conscious effort to have a small talk before you leave for work, or try to spend dinner with them when you can.
Understandably, you won’t always be able to make time for your parents, what with today’s hectic and demanding professional lifestyle. What’s important is that you can make your elderly parents feel that they are not being a burden to you or anybody. It could become a point of frustration for elderly parents when they end up feeling like they are getting in the way of their grown-up children or, worse, becoming like an extra chore or burden.
Let Your Kids Bond With Them
If you are a parent yourself, this could be the perfect opportunity to boost your parents’ mood and health. Children can have a pretty powerful effect on their grandparents, even more so when the kids love and adore them. Spending time with their grandkids means they get to be more physically active and emotionally livelier. This results in a more fulfilling retirement for them, in addition to a healthier lifestyle too.
This is why it’s important to foster a loving and healthy relationship between grandparents and their grandkids while the children are still young. This way, the young ones can help contribute to your parents’ welfare and conversely, your children can learn values from their older folks too.
Now, if you have a packed schedule and find it extra difficult to make sure your parents are alright all the time, perhaps the aid of technology can serve you well. These days, having a home monitoring system can give you a sense of peace against theft and by knowing you can view your parents’ condition remotely wherever you are.
Even though it’s not the best for all situations, it’s still undeniably useful in unexpected scenarios. Think of it as a backup plan, just in case something unfortunate happens. After all, even if you or someone else is at home, you could be in a separate room from your parents when an accident happens. When that happens, a monitoring system can help you receive alerts and provide video data to review what has happened.
Don’t Rule Out Professional Services
Finally, Though what we have suggested so far may be ideal in many situations, there will be times when hiring professional help is the best course of action for you to take care of your elderly parents. When weighing your options between hospice care and at-home caregiving service, what matters most is whether your loved one is getting the best possible care based on their needs.