We are born into the world as this small ball of life! Brought into humanity as this innocent child that depends upon the care and guidance of our parents to keep us safe and steer us through life as best they can. They give us a warm and safe home, provide us with the food that helps us grow into strong adults, and supply us with the unconditional love that forms us into the good, empathic, moral human beings that we become. Yes, our parents provide us with the world and commit their lives to watch over us and provide their care, at least until we can spread our wings and create a life and families of our own.
The Decisions Fall Upon Ourselves
As we get older we are hit with the realization that our roles in life can abruptly change. We suddenly, the children become the parents and it is now our role to watch over our elderly loved ones and make the decisions in life to provide them with the best outcome possible. With age can come unforeseen circumstances such as illnesses, which can cause our parents to become dependant on us. It is suddenly our decisions that they depend upon and we make it our sole purpose in life to provide them with the love and the guidance that they have provided us with throughout their entire life!
Some of the decisions we must make on their behalf are not going to be easy, to say the least. We can find ourselves battling with our conscience when it comes to making the correct decisions not only for them but also for ourselves. Depending on the health and state of a parent’s mind, decisions are even more so important and we must ensure to stay strong as our parents did for us. Here are some important decisions you will need to make concerning your elderly parents.
Do They Require Constant Care?
As a person gets older it is inevitable that their physical abilities are going to deteriorate and in some cases unfortunately their mental state too. Once simple physical activities will have now become a near-impossible challenge and sometimes due to Alzheimer’s and dementia their mental abilities decline drastically as well.
It is of utmost importance to make the huge decision of providing the correct care to your loved one as you may have to consider placing them into aged care facilities depending on the scale of care needed and the severity of the illness. When living at home surrounded by potential hazards and without constant assistance, unfortunate and tragic events could occur. Sometimes placing your parents in the safe hands of professional caregivers is the best decision you can make, it will give your loved one the best quality of life and provide you with peace of mind that your loved ones are receiving the correct and essential care needed.
Decide On Their Housing
It is so important to make sure that our parents are living within a safe and secure environment, away from any disastrous, dangerous hazards. You need to ask yourself if their lifelong home is now suitable or has it now become an accident just waiting to happen. Your parents may be set in living out the rest of their days in the home that they adore and if this is the case then the essential adaptations must be made to ensure their safety. However, if it is not suitable and their home simply cannot be made hazard-free, then it is now up to you to make the difficult decision of moving them into residential care or the vicinity of your own home if appropriate.
Medical, Financial and Legal Decisions
Developing serious medical issues is common as we get older and many elderly people are faced with chronic illnesses that must be monitored and treated with medication and managed clinically. Health can take a turn for the worst at any time and can decline abruptly, causing the elderly person to lose the capability of making their own decisions regarding their health. This can also be an issue with their ability in managing legal and financial affairs, which can be due to many circumstances. With age brings vulnerability and susceptibility to financial exploitation so it is imperative that we, as responsible people step up and consider assisting in our parent’s medical, financial and legal obligations. Keeping their health and finances safe and under control.
Yes, when our parents become a member of the elderly society we must take it upon ourselves to look after their best interests and make the right decisions on their behalf. It is our responsibility as their children, to give them the same care they have provided to us for their entire lifetime.
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