Tips to look after your elderly parents during and after the Covid-19 pandemic

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about how people around the world are having a tough time juggling their work-from-home responsibilities, family, children, and other miscellaneous household work. One aspect of this new normal that hasn’t deserved much attention is how younger people are also finding it immensely challenging to take care of their parents or other senior family members amidst the ongoing pandemic.

From handling multiple meetings, preparing meals, to managing medications, and being available for medical emergencies, young people with elderly parents are saddled with humongous responsibilities. This becomes all the more complicated if your senior family member also requires help with small, daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, walking, etc.

The complexity of this all might make you feel overwhelmed and stressed on most days. Which is why, we are here with a list of recommendations that can help you better manage your day-to-day life as you take care of your aging parents.

Set a routine for your parents
As important as it is to set routines for your work and personal life, your elderly parents need one too. This can not only help make life easier for you, but also help your parents know what they can expect throughout the day. Setting up a routine for bathing, getting dressed, taking medications, activities, exercising, and more will ensure they are less worried. Also make sure that you don’t impinge on their routine. For example, if they have a certain time for watching TV, try staying away from the room where they are to take calls or do any other work that you may have.

Acquaint them with technology
Getting your elderly parents comfortable with basic technology around the house such as operating a TV remote, a laptop, or a mobile phone can go a long way in helping you and them manage life better. You could teach them how to do video calls so that they can connect with their relatives or friends and stay engaged while you are busy. If you have tech-based assistant at home, it could help to teach your parents how to use it so they can set medication reminders for themselves, or just enjoy some music.

Keep medicines and other essential supplies handy
Keeping in mind the vulnerability of older people, make sure that your house is always stocked with essential supplies and all their daily medications. If possible, keep extra so that you don’t have to rush out if their supplies get over suddenly. Make a plan for their meals beforehand and create a list of all resources that you will need. Also try and help your parents stay abreast of where everything is kept so that they don’t have to rely on you at all times for their basic needs.

Hire caregivers or other healthcare experts
If you are finding it too difficult to manage your time, it is best to seek help from expert, certified caregivers or healthcare partners who can take care of your parents. This becomes all the more important if your parent has a chronic condition for which they need constant care and attention. Having a caregiver around will ensure that your parents are receiving their medication on time and are being looked after in case of any other medical emergencies.

If you are looking for an ecosystem that provides care, companionship, and comfort to your elderly parents, look no further than Antara Care Homes. Not only do we offer exceptional primary health care and emergency response services, but also ensure that your elderly parents stay engaged and happy through curated engagement calendars and nutritionally assisted meals in a homely environment.

Amidst your busy life, we understand the difficulties of catering to your parents’ daily needs. That is why we have ensured that our staff is fully equipped to administer medicines during emergencies, meet a patient’s scheduled and unscheduled needs, and is able to provide 24-hour assistance, including for activities of daily living such as dressing, eating, bathing, laundry, walking, and more. At Antara Care Homes, we promise your parents holistic wellness and a better way of life.

To learn more about our offerings, get in touch with us at carehomes@antaraseniorcare.com or +91 9811 44 1111.

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