They argue with you. They tell you they are fine. They hide things so you won’t worry. They avoid questions even when you “see” the answers right in front of you.
You don’t want to pull them from their home. But what can you do?
It’s difficult witnessing the deterioration of someone you love. The feelings can be completely overwhelming as you think back to all the care they’ve provided you all your life. And now the situation is reversing. What can you do?
Studies show that over the next 30 years, the number of Americans who will reach 65 and beyond is going to double. The baby boomer generation has finally reached a point where they must be conscious of flipping from caregiver to the one needing care in the coming years. And like anything, it’s one they are going to do in their own ways. They want independence. They want to preserve their active lifestyle.
And as their kids, that can be difficult for you.
The good news is there are a lot of new services popping up that make independent living that much easier. With technology, we can do more with the touch of a button.
Everything Delivered Right To The Door
Depending on your loved one’s age, trust in the Internet can still be a big deal. They might not fully understand that they can order everything online.
Still, 78 percent of baby boomers already use the Internet regularly. And as the years pass, that number is only going to increase.
Work with them to get them comfortable with using computers and tablets, and going online and ordering what they need. From personal items to food delivery, you can get just about everything delivered right to their front door.
Prepare The Home
We all make changes to our home, even without major remodeling. Even buying a new rug can be a big deal as your loved one ages. Slips and falls are one of the big reasons the elderly visit emergency rooms. If you can do things to make that less prevalent, start making changes immediately.
While nobody wants a home that resembles a medical facility, you’ll be surprised at how many aging in place resources there are that can create a stylish and safe atmosphere. Do a little research before you prompt your mom or dad to start making changes. You may find things they welcome with ease.
There’s An App For That
Technology is a big part of your life. But if it’s a big part of your parents’ lives, it can help you even more down the road.
Depending on their age, they may either love or hate technology. If they have a smart device, load up apps they can not only have fun with, but will help you as well.
Personal emergency response systems have GPS capabilities; something watches can help ensure your loved one stays safe day and night. There are apps for emotional comfort, medical tracking, brain enhancement, or simply having fun.
And if you can’t find it today, chances are technology will advance enough that anything will be possible tomorrow. The key is in getting them comfortable with technology now. Don’t make it seem like you’re restricting them; instead, make technology seem like fun. (And it is!)