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5 Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

There comes a point where the people who took care of yougrowing up might need your help later in life. 

Caring for an aging parent issomething that a lot of us will go through at some point in our lives. In somecases this can mean a large sacrifice of time and money, which can lead to stressand possibly even resentment. Here are five tips to help you through it.

1. Tryto establish a routine
Establishing a routine helps everyone knowwhat to expect. It also allows you to see “warning signs” more quickly so thatyou can take action if it is needed. You’ll be able to notice slight changesmore easily. This also takes stress off of you by balancing your time andresponsibilities and avoid anxiety and exhaustion.
              
2. Understand the costs and create a budget
Take a comprehensive look at what you arespending or estimate what you would be spending on caregiving. This is also agreat point to explore free options or low-cost public benefits that can beavailable to you and help share the caregiving tasks. If your parents needextensive help or have a special need, it is also the right time to consider professional help and find out howmuch it would cost and what benefits it provides. 

3. Set Boundaries
Setting boundaries is never an easy thing.However, if no boundaries are set with caregivers, then it’s
easy for you toburn out. Healthy boundaries help set expectations and make sure everyone’sneeds are being met. It also helps you maintain a healthy relationship withyour parent by respecting those boundaries.

4. Communicate
Creating open lines of communication witheveryone involved, including other siblings and between you and your parentswill help make the process easier. This helps you anticipate difficultdecisions and what the best choices would be for your family before thesituation turns into a crisis. It is also important to be very clear about whois responsible for financial decisions. This avoids conflict down the road.

5. Planning Ahead
Not all needs can be anticipated and evenwhen you are a caregiver, you need to be ready for many different situations.One way to do this is to put preventative measures in place so you don’t feellike you need to be hovering over them all the time and still give them a senseof independence. Our Home & Away system can immediately alert authorities if there is an issue that requires assistance so you can have peace of mind while