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Are You Caring For An Elderly Parent?

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If you are caring for an elderly parent, you are probably not only very busy, but also going through an emotional roller coaster. After all, you have reversed roles with this precious individual. While he or she once cared for you, you are now taking the position of being a kind of parent yourself. Do you have a good support system yourself? From arranging for elderly home care to transferring your elderly parent to an assisted elderly living facility, here are some ideas that might help you.

Elderly Home Care - Of course, if you have siblings or other close relatives living close to you, they may be very willing to lend a hand so that you can have a break. It just goes to reason that there are times that you will want to go out to do things like running errands, meeting with friends and maybe even traveling every now and then. If you don't have friends or family members who can step in to fill your shoes, consider arranging for at-home assisted elderly care.

The agency you select will send caring individuals who have the training and the experience to give your elderly parent medications, spend quality time with your parent and even prepare and serve simple meals. At-home elderly living care can be arranged for only part of the day or for days at a time.

Assisted Elderly Living - The time might come when you can no longer care for your elderly parent at home. For example, if your mother or father develops dementia or Alzheimer's disease, he or she might start to wander away from home, putting himself or herself in real danger. Or, you might feel that your mother or father is very lonely because you have had to return to the work place. Whatever the case might be, placing your elderly parent in an assisted elderly living facility might be one of the kindest things you can do for him or for her. Besides receiving consistent medical care, there will be other wonderful benefits.

For example, the assisted living facility will more than likely offer things like Bingo night, movie matinees, crafts and other enjoyable pastimes right at the assisted living home. In addition, the facility will probably arrange for the residents to have transportation to church or other places. During the Christmas season, it is probable that the assisted elderly living facility will make arrangements for the residents to get to see the decorations in your town or city.