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3 Tips for Looking After Your Aging Parents This Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you are most likely planning for turkey, football and the chance to reconnect with your loved ones. If you’re concerned about how they may be adjusting to the stress of the holidays, Bellin Heath Home Care Equipment is here to help with these three important tips.

  1. Look for clues – Greeting your parents at the door for the holidays is heart-warming. Be sure not to add to any unwanted stress by quizzing them about their state of mind as soon as you arrive. Instead, subtly look for clues: Is the house not in its usual orderly state? Are the kitchen cupboards and refrigerator bare? Check to see if their medication is in order as well. If expired pill bottles are mixed with the new ones, it may be a sign that they need additional help identifying their proper intake. Don’t forget that the most important way to learn is to listen. Ask your parents about their hobbies and other daily activities that can help you understand more about their day-to-day life.
  1. Stick to the routine – The smallest steps to reducing stress can help your loved ones cope with the hustle and bustle surrounding this time of year. Avoid large crowds at the mall. Stick to a regular routine and sleep schedule. A consistent routine can have a huge impact on the mental and physical health of your loved one.
  1. Make adjustments – Now that you know the signs, you can help make adjustments. These can be as simple as helping them organize their medication, or getting to know their friends and neighbors. By doing so, you can be confident that they have a structured support system and you have a secondary contact after you return home. Above all, don’t forget you are not alone. If you feel like the situation needs professional assistance, look into Geriatric Assessment services through your local hospital, or speak with your parents’ doctor for a referral.

Bellin Heath Home Care Equipment wants you to be prepared to enjoy this season with all your family and loved ones. In addition to these helpful tips, make sure you also browse through our aids to daily living. These useful tools can help lessen the burden of stress on your loved ones, and not just during the upcoming holidays!

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