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Caring for Elderly Parents and Children Together

>> Feb 13, 2012

Those of us lucky enough to have parents with us throughout our lives will eventually face their decline in both physical and mental capacities. It is impossible for this to happen at a convenient time and it will undoubtedly put a strain on your life. Trying to balance the life you have with your spouse and children with aged care can be both a very challenging and a very rewarding experience.

When looking after both an elderly parent and children under the same roof, it can feel as though everything is crushing in on you and demanding your time and patience. Most people find, however, that the experience of spending this last bit of time with their parents is a rewarding one which they would never choose to do again but would also never take back.

Here are 6 tips on how to survive with the double pressure of elderly care and child care:
1. Set up a network of support. The first stage in managing the stress of such a task is to accept that it is going to be very stressful and set up ways of relaxing. It is important to have someone, either professional or just a friend, who can relieve you of the demands on a regular basis so that you can spend some time alone and relaxing. Arrange to do something which you can look forward to each week so that you have a regular escape.

2. Get a good doctor. It is important to get a doctor who is able to communicate regularly and effectively. A doctor who can do house visits is an excellent relief of pressure as you will not need to be constantly available to drive to a hospital. Otherwise, try to arrange any paediatric visits to coincide with appointments for your elderly parent as this will reduce the amount of travel you need to do.

3. Laugh about it. It is important to maintain a sense of humour when you are looking after an elderly person. Toward the end of life, adults regress, make mistakes and have accidents. If these are taken too seriously it becomes an embarrassment for your parent and a pressure for you. Being able to laugh at honest accidents will help everything to run far more smoothly in the house. Treat your parent with the same patience that you show to your children as they are learning to control their bodies.

4. Remember that it is temporary. No matter what the situation, it is important to remember that the arrangement is a temporary one. Regardless of how tedious it all seems at the time you will miss it when it is gone and wish to be able to have more time together. If you can learn to enjoy the time that you have, there will be less regret when their time does come.

5. Put them to work. Your parent is used to having something to do so don’t dote on their every need. Giving them a table to dust, some laundry to fold or some carrots to peel will keep them busy, engage their brains and help you at the same time. An active brain will survive far longer than an inactive brain.

6. Listen to them. This final stage of life is the time to get those recipes, stories and pieces of information that you have always wanted. If you listen to your parent you may well learn a huge amount about your family that would otherwise be lost.

4 komentar:

Miss_Nesthy February 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM  

The article is very good and interesting, I love it. Keep writing articles about a happy family.

Cheqna February 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM  


I salute those who can do both their daily jobs and looking after their elderly and children..it sure is a great achievement.

Carpet Cleaning Melbourne February 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM  

I like the message.. This is a good message about caring others especially the elderly.

jeenasmith February 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM  

At the old aged people becomes very much moody, which results in their annoying behavior, but the family members have to understand the fact that this behavior is natural, and with continuous care and support they can get rid of this.
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