Caring for aging parents presents unique challenges. Your parents have taken care of you your whole life, and now they need you to help them. One way you can care for aging parents is to consider an independent senior living community. A notable benefit is senior living services.
At Northfield, we offer a variety of services to help you care for aging parents. Services include three meals a day, housekeeping once a week, and transportation services. If you think you or your parents could benefit from independent living, one of our team members will be happy to discuss details with you. Give us a call today at 844.334.1490 or by using the convenient online form.
Caring for Aging Parents
Nearly 90% of adults over the age of 65 want to stay in their own homes as they age. Independent living communities may offer an ideal compromise. These communities allow seniors to maintain their independence with peace of mind for their families. There are other things children of aging parents can do to care for them. Some of the tips are listed below.
There are a lot of changes that come with aging. Some common health conditions associated with aging include:
- Hearing loss
- Chronic pain
While these are common health conditions from aging, that doesn’t mean that your aging parent can’t live a happy and active life. There are many preventative treatments and therapies if your parent develops any of the conditions above.
Get Help and Support From Others
Navigating the complexities of aging parents is challenging, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Don’t hesitate to ask for help, which can come from your siblings, extended family, friends, and neighbors. Getting help from others allows you to avoid burnout to do what is best for your family.
Address Safety Concerns
It may be worrisome to watch your parents age, but addressing safety concerns is one way to care for them. There are three preventable accidents that seniors are prone to falling, burning themselves, or poisoning.
Educating yourself on osteoporosis is one way that you can address your parents’ risk of falling. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by weakened bones that increases the risk of fractures from falls. Some things you can do with your parents to make sure they have healthy, fracture-free bones are:
- Exercise regularly
- Have a diet that includes bone-healthy nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and protein.
- Maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking, excessive drinking, and other negative lifestyle habits.
- Consult with your doctor to find out if you have risk factors. Some risk factors are previously fractured bones, specific diseases, and medications that affect bone health.
- Get tested and treated, if needed.
Addressing the concern of burns requires communication. Discuss a fire safety plan with your parents. Stress the importance of always having a phone accessible. Also, check appliances, electric cords, and outlets to ensure that they are in working condition. Don’t forget to check the batteries in their smoke detector(s) twice a year.
The common types of poisoning are carbon monoxide, improper medication use, and cleaning products. Some preventive measures include:
- Make sure there is a carbon monoxide detector installed
- Talk to their pharmacist about having the medication labeled and request blister packets to reduce the risk of confusion
- Keep a minimal amount of cleaning products on hand.
These are just some of the things you can do to reduce the risk of accidental poisoning.
One of the changes that seniors face is loneliness and social isolation. Living alone increases the risk of lower brain function, inflammation, and chronic illness. However, one of the things Northfield focuses on is social connectedness.
Northfield Provides Assisted Living Options For Aging Parents
At Northfield, we provide assisted living options for aging parents. To become a resident in our independent senior living community, seniors need to be able to shower, get dressed, and eat on their own.
In addition to housekeeping, meal, and transportation services, we have a health and wellness service. This is just one of the many ways that Northfield helps its residents maintain their independence. Also, we regularly plan activities for our residents. We keep our residents engaged in the community, their minds sharp, and promote good health.
If you or a loved one is considering making an independent senior living community home, consider Northfield. Located in Brownsburg, Indiana, we pride ourselves on ensuring our residents can make the most out of their golden years. To learn more about what we can provide, call us today at 844.334.1490.