Sometimes in our lives we need to take care of others beside ourselves, and often this can be a really difficult thing to overcome. In many cases these are relatives that once took care of us, and the role reversals can be hard for both parties to overcome and be comfortable with. However, we don’t choose to have to do it and it sometimes is the best scenario for all involved. So I wanted to share with you some of the best ways to do it.
Remember to take into account their feelings and emotions
One of the hardest things to do when it comes to taking care of older relatives is managing expectations and their emotions. Most of these people will have taken care of you if they are your parents, or had some involvement in your life when you were younger, and so to have the roles reversed can be a difficult thing to understand and be on board with. Be sensitive with their feelings and understand how they might be feeling. Try and think before taking action to ensure that you are taking the right steps to make it happen.
Make sure you consider all of the options
The next thing to think about would be the options you have for care. It would ultimately depend on the person you are taking care of and if they are struggling with their mental or physical health. For example, Alzheimer’s and dementia might require you to consider a care home for dementia for better levels of care and for more observation than you can offer. Struggling with mobility could mean hiring help in the home or adapting their home to make things easier for when you are not around. Considering these options will help you make the most of the time you do have and ultimately do what’s best for the person you are caring for.
Are there ways to keep tabs without being there all of the time?
There are things you could consider when it comes to taking care of someone, especially if you can’t be there all of the time and that would be to consider different gadgets. Wearable technology like watches to remind them to take medication or a clock designed specifically for when they forget things so it includes dates and times and even things like appointment reminders.
Take care of yourself in the process
Finally, when you are taking care of someone it is difficult not to just focus on their health and well being. But if you are not in the best shape yourself, such as getting enough sleep or mentally feeling okay, then you might not be much use to the person you are trying to care for. Self care is just as important, so that you can ensure you are at your best for the person you want to take care of.
I hope that these tips help you to take care of older relatives if you find yourself in this situation in the future.