3 Things To Know When Looking After Elderly Parents

Your parents raised you, and now there may be a time when you are the one who is having to do the looking after. Some people are happy to do this where other people feel as though they are obligated to, and if the second one is your reason then this is not good enough. You cannot look after someone because you feel like you have to as it is never going to work out. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at three of the things that you need to know when you’re looking after your elderly parents, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.

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You Deserve A Break Too

The first thing that we’re going to say is that you deserve a break too. Just because you have taken on this role, does not mean that you do not have to look after your own health and mental health in the same way that you are caring for your parents. It’s essential that you are taking the time that you need sometimes so that you don’t end up burning out and getting snappy, feeling overwhelmed or any other negative emotion. You deserve a break, so don’t stand there and convince yourself that you don’t.

The Anger Is Not Directed At You

A lot of the time when we try to take care of our aging parents, they get angry, snappy, and they act as though they don’t want you to take care of them. It’s true that they probably don’t want their kids to have to look after them, but that anger is not directed at you. They have spent their life raising you, so it’s difficult to accept the help that they need from the people that they are supposed to look after, not the other way around. While it’s a warped way of thinking, it’s actually pretty common, and it leads to your parents resenting themselves for being a burden on your life. Just keep assuring them they are not a burden and keep in mind their anger isn’t directed at you.

It Can Be Very Challenging

It can be very very challenging to look after your parents. They want to be able to do things for themselves but they can’t, and this is stressful for both of you. Nobody wants to watch their parents deteriorate in front of their eyes, so if you don’t think that you are up to the challenge then this is okay, there are care homes available if you can’t handle it. It doesn’t make you a bad person, and they may even get better care in the home, and make some new friends.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you should know when you are looking after your elderly parents. You don’t want to get to a point where you start resenting your parents for the time that you are putting into this because you are feeling burnt out. Take the advice that we have given above, and make sure that you are keeping these things in mind as much as you can.

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  1. 27 April, 2023 / 10:42 am

    Love this post – I am in the supporting role at the moment and not sure I can do it long term once they get frailer, ,dad is almost 90 and my mum only 83. Starting to recognise, I am in the later group.

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