Looking after those that are old in age, is a rather challenging task, especially when you have to make all necessary arrangements to do so, if you were to take up the responsibly all on your own or to be shared with a sibling instead of going for another alternative. However, one of the difficult things when it comes to such situations is that, finding time for it all, is very hard, especially if you were living states apart. Nevertheless, there are certain general things you need to be cautious of in order to ensure that you managed it all, in a balanced way. Here are some of them.
No one wants to ever admit that they are growing old and dependent. In fact, it is regarded as a flaw that is embarrassing yet unavoidable. However, it is necessary that you take steps to get each other’s ideas out. Speak to them and ask for what they want, what they think is best and how well you could contribute to ensure that the said decision and thought, could be achieved. Some may want to spend the rest of their lives living by themselves, within the close neighborhood and friendly neighbors, while others cannot afford to do so, instead, have to join in home nursing care order to ensure that they are properly care for. Nevertheless, you need to understand that this is a decision that needs to be made by both parties by considering what is best for each other and how well things could be managed through. However, if you were to take up the responsibility, all on your own or you were to share them with a sibling, still it would be best to discuss on a schedule and what the ideal thing to do might be.
Talking on the “I” perspective
Sometimes, doing little things like driving about on their own or cooking some food, seems rather dangerous at some point or the other. Especially if the person you are caring for is really old. In such situations, convincing them to give up on such tasks and activities, becomes rather difficult, mainly because these persons feel as though you are treating them low. Instead of using this approach where you state out how their actions are going to be harming them, instead state out on how these actions would be affecting you. And this is the ‘I’ perspective. Tell them that you would be affected if they did drive about on their own with limited sight, how your kids would be affected if any harm comes upon them and such. This will make them think of all this in a different angle, and so, through that you could easily avoid them engaging in such tasks, without much force. And so, senior care in Canberra becomes a much easier task than ever! Consider the above and control how well you manage situations encountered with the elderly.