Taking care of the elderly, whether they are your parents or not, is a very demanding responsibility. It is a service that is both testing and taxing to your body, mind and spirit since the act requires you to give away your physical strength, utilize your mental aptitude and invest your emotions. It will extremely try your skills as well as your stamina and patience to provide attentive treatment needed for the well-being of some person who is dependent on you to care for him or her.
Somehow, when you know what to expect, then you may be physically, mentally and emotionally prepared to deal with all the decision-making and everyday tasks involved with the obligation. This book will give you a few words of advice on elderly care. Here is a preview:
1. Set a routine. This is one of the first crucial steps to proper elderly care. Old people have become set in their ways. Work with their habits and lifestyle so you can come up with a structured schedule for daily living which both you and the elderly can follow. This daily routine becomes a safety net for them as they go through the many changes relative to their new phase in life.
2. Form a bond. It is a new relationship for both of you. As you both will interact on a daily basis, it will be very helpful if both of you can get along very well with one another. For the relationship to thrive, both of you will need to make an emotional connection. Get to know one another by asking questions about certain interests, aversions or opinions without getting too irritatingly personal.
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