Every day, you sit at work worrying about your parents. Do they forget to take their medications? Did they eat breakfast or skip it because it’s too much of a hassle? Does your dad drive even though his eye doctor told him to stop? How do you stop your parents from taking risks as they get older? You can’t force them to change their ways, but you and their senior care providers can learn ways to offer a helping hand without irritating them.
Suggest Rather Than Push
When you need your parents to do something, suggest that they do it. Never push them if you can avoid it. If you push them, they’re more likely to react negatively.
For example, you need your dad to eat breakfast. Suggest something you know he enjoys as the next activity after you’ve finished the breakfast dishes. He loves to play golf on the video gaming system. Once everyone has eaten breakfast and dishes are done, it’s time for the activity. It’s an incentive for him to focus on eating his meal.
Explain the Importance
Go over the importance of them listening to their doctor, you, or someone else. If your mom has high blood pressure and her doctor recommends she takes a prescription medication, explain why it’s important for her to listen. Your dad’s eye doctor says he needs to stop driving. Tell him how scared you would be if he took the risk and ended up being in a crash.
Make It Their Idea
Try to twist things that need to be done so that they’re your parents’ idea. You need your parents to get dressed and ready for an appointment, but they’re dragging their feet. Start talking about the things you need to get done after the appointment ends.
The idea is to get your parents to bring up something fun like stopping for lunch before running errands. Lunch out is their idea, so they’ll be more eager to get ready and leave.
Arrange Senior Care to Help With Certain Daily Tasks
Make sure you have time to spend with your parents doing things they enjoy. Take them out for a walk and let a senior care aide clean while you’re outside. Let a senior care aide cook their meals while you help them in the garden.
With the help of senior care services, your parents have the support they need. It helps you as you don’t need to drop everything to get things done. And, that means you’ll all enjoy spending quality time together. Call now to learn more.