How to Look After Elderly Parents
Suppose your parents have become noticeably older overnight. In that case, it might be time to start thinking about how you can help them maintain a good quality of life in the near future. This might mean spending more time with them or helping them with daily tasks, like shopping and finances. In this post, we look at some of the most common issues you confront with elderly parents and how you can respond.
Help Them With Daily Living
When your parents start to get a bit older, or they suffer from a medical condition that restricts their life, it’s important to step in and help with daily living. This is sometimes called Assisted Daily Living (ADL).
Even if your elderly parent is opposed to your assistance, you need to make their life as comfortable as possible. When you visit, offer to help with transport arrangements, financial planning, shopping, and meal preparation.
Look After Their Safety
When parents get older, the risk of them injuring themselves with a fall is much higher. There is also a higher risk of them becoming sick due to lower immune systems responses. Other issues include financial vulnerability and driving concerns.
Understand your elderly parent’s health and situation. Often there is a mental impact to new life restrictions for older people, so keep that in mind when offering advice or help. It’s more important that your relative is safe rather than mildly offended.
Monitor Health Issues
Health issues and concerns form a central part of life for people as they get older. Some people will have chronic conditions they have become used to over many years. Others will experience conditions for the first time and encounter limitations.
To look after your elder parents, try to be aware of their health issues and concerns. Attend the medical practice with them and communicate with the doctors. This helps in two ways. First, it takes the pressure off your parents and keeps you involved in their treatments.
Help Them With Financial Planning
As we get older, our cognitive functions start to decline. We become less sharp, less focused, and less driven. This has a knock-on effect when it comes to finances and financial planning. Elderly parents may not have the motivation or the desire to look after finances adequately.
This can be concerning. After all, your elderly parents need to be financially secure to remain comfortable and looked after. If you don’t have time to organize your finances yourself, consider hiring an accountant or an advisor to oversee things.
Where Should They Live?
This is the big question when it comes to looking after your elderly parents. Of course, there are many things to consider, such as the viability of “living in place” and the mental and emotional impact of moving into a nursing home. However, this might be the best option in some cases.
If you decide to move your loved one into a nursing home, you want to make sure they are well looked after. Most nursing homes conform to high standards, but that isn’t always the case. There have been instances of neglect. If this happens, you should call a nursing home abuse attorney.
Quality of Life
In reality, our quality of life diminishes as we get older. This is because we become less able to engage with the activities we once loved, and it can affect our mental and emotional wellbeing. But that doesn’t mean “quality of life” is unimportant; it has simply changed.
You can help your elderly parents maintain their quality of life by encouraging them to connect socially or engage in suitable activities. This could mean local groups or small excursions with people in similar situations.
Manage Relationship Dynamics
It can be tricky to relate to an elderly parent. The power dynamic changes, but they still view you as their child when it is them who needs looking after. This can be stressful and difficult for you and your elderly parent.
It’s helpful to be aware of this changing dynamic, so you don’t get too upset with your parent’s behavior or comments. You can also gently remind them on occasions that they are getting older and need a little extra help.
Time catches up with all of us, and when it does, things change. We no longer have the strength and capability to live the life we want, which can be upsetting. If you have elderly parents, the task is to help them maintain a high standard of life with minimal intervention. But, of course, your level of intervention may well increase the older they become.
Caring for an elderly family member at home can sometimes be a challenge, and you may feel as if you don’t even know whether what you’re doing is even correct. The first thing you should do is take a deep breath; odds are you’re doing your best, and your best will always be enough! But, caring for your elderly family member may sometimes be a bit more than just making sure they’re comfortable and have everything they need. Sometimes, a few medical procedures require knowledge in the subject, which may be what’s causing you anxiety and uncertainty. That said, here are some tips on how to give your elderly family member the best care possible and give you the reassurance you need.
Many people are not keen on the idea of someone else caring for their parents or grandparents, insisting they can do everything themselves even though it causes significant stress for them. This is a very noble gesture, but there are options available that will still allow you to care for your elderly family member but have someone around to see to the medical procedures. Senior Care Nurses are healthcare professionals who care for the elderly’s needs at home, meaning they care for them and do everything necessary without ever going to the hospital. This may give you the help you need and still allow you to be there for them every step of the way. It will also give you the chance to observe and learn how certain things are done, as well as ask questions about anything you may have been uncertain about in order to be sure you’re giving your elderly family member the best care possible.
Rethink the job
The best care possible doesn’t always just mean physically looking after them and seeing to their needs; it also means being there for them outside of their situation. Most of the time, one can get so wrapped up in the job and the tasks at hand, one can forget that the small things also make a huge difference. Sitting beside them, having a conversation that has nothing to do with their needs and how they’re feeling, cracking a few jokes, or even playing a game or two can go a long way when caring for someone, and it will mean the world to them to also be treated as normal and not just a patient. It is entirely understandable to sometimes forget about these things; after all, you feel responsible for their wellbeing. But, your mental wellbeing has a lot to do with how you’re feeling physically, which is why building them up and keeping them in a positive state of mind is just as important a job as the nurse who sees to their medical needs.
Family is everything, and being able to care for someone who has cared for you your whole life may only feel like the right thing to do. It is important never to doubt yourself or feel like you’re not doing enough – as long as the person you’re caring for has everything they need and a person to keep them company and entertained, you’ve done more than enough!
Looking for a fun and flirty party theme for your next big event?! Check out this completely darling Spring Flamingo Birthday Party
Its vibrant color combination, festive sweets, and super cute stationery are sure to give you the inspiration needed to plan one fabulous fête; a fête that will most certainly have friends and family a flocking!
Here are the details included in this fabulous birthday celebration that I can’t seem to get enough of:
- Spring Flamingo-inspired stationery + printables
- Pineapple cake pops
- Custom Flamingo and flower cupcake toppers
- Paper fan arch backdrop
- Colorful balloon bunches
- Flamingo, pineapple and fern-shaped sugar cookies
- Banana marshmallows
- Hand-painted macarons
- And more!
Spring Flamingo Party Details:
This is what Angie shared about the party- “Since Caitlin’s birthday is in April, we thought it is just fitting to have her 1st birthday with an array of Spring colors and flowers to make it vibrant and festive. And for an extra dose of fun, we added pink flamingos and pineapple and ferns to the mix!
We added custom made cute flamingo and flowers cupcake toppers as well as the pineapple shaped cake pops to reinforce the theme. On top of the flamingos lawn decoration flanking the birthday cake, and the cookies, we also had to spice up our macarons by hand painting it with flamingos and pineapples for an extra dose of cuteness. Glass bottles are dressed up in custom wrapper ready for the orange punch, while banana marshmallows adds just a zest of yellow to the table. The backdrop with the colorful combination of paper fans and honeycombs just brings everything alive! We are very thrilled with how this table came together.”
When the seasons change, so do the party themes and trends. As we move towards spring we are moving away from the earthy, rustic, and natural colors and decorations that were popular in the fall and winter, and start bringing is fresh, bright colors, a rainbow of floral decorations, and themes that celebrate life, love, and new beginnings as the world begins to bloom anew all around. At GOFF Tents and Events we’re ready for spring, so let’s party.
Bright, vibrant colors
Spring is in the air, and the colors are starting to change all around. We’re moving from golden, red, orange, and brown, and brightening up the color scheme for the spring-themed parties. Flowers are blooming, and you can get every color of the rainbow, and they are bold, bright, juicy, and vibrant.
Fresh flowers and fruit
Much like a gourmet meal, using fresh ingredients will elevate every party. The more you can take from nature to complete your decorations, the more beautiful and luxurious your party will be. Use fresh fruit and fresh flowers to create gorgeous centerpieces and decor for your party.
There’s nothing more beautiful than bright yellow, fresh, juicy lemons and limes in a bowl, or fresh apples, oranges, and berries. Use nature to guide your spring party decor.
Spring-themed linens and tableware
You don’t want to go overboard with the colors. Your spring-themed party should make you feel like you are trapped in a bowl of Jelly Bellies. Stick to a few natural decorations and use them strategically.
If you already have a lot of colors from flowers and fruit, stick to neutral linens, which will complement the rest of the decor but won’t overpower. White linens may seem too formal, so you can try linens that are soft, muted yellow, blue, or green that will accentuate your decor, but won’t make your party too chaotic with color.
Let one of our Wedding Planners and our new Floral Department at Goff Tents and Events usher you into spring in a colorful way.
Boozy Easter Eggs!!!!! My Grandmother’s birthday just happens to be April 1st, which happens to be April Fools fools day. Her favorite wine just happens to be Sutter Home, so last year I made her Boozy Easter Eggs and placed them in an Easter Basket. Figured it would be a gift that would sure make everyone giggle AND one my Grandmother would enjoy since she does love her wine!!!!
The Boozy Easter Eggs were such a hit with my family, that I decided this Easter season I would make the eggs for y’all over here on the blog!!!!
The plastic eggs can be found at Dollar Tree and you can purchase the mini Sutter Home bottles at any store that sells wine for ridiculously cheap. My local store even sells four packs for around $6! Perfect for an Easter gift for your besties or a Grandmother like mine who loves her wine!
Cheers & Happy Easter!
• Large Plastic Easter Eggs (Dollar Tree)
• Easter Grass
• Jelly Beans
• Sutter Home Mini Wine Bottles
1. Fill each plastic Easter Egg with Easter grass.
2. Place your mini Sutter Home Wine bottles in the plastic Easter Eggs.
3. Sprinkle in a few jelly beans.
4. Close the plastic Easter Eggs.
5. Hand out to your besties!!! Happy Easter!!
Hosting an egg hunt this Easter? Here are the basics to planning a successful holiday hunt without breaking a sweat.
Ask any kid who’s been a part of one: Egg hunts are the best part of Easter celebrations. There’s candy, outdoor activity, colorful eggs, a little light-hearted competition, and, best of all, prizes. While you’re probably familiar with the modern Easter game of hiding hard-boiled eggs or plastic eggs filled with candy for kids to collect, versions of this particular Easter tradition appear to have been around for centuries. According to History.com, sources suggest the concept of the Easter bunny may initially derive from lore about an egg-laying hare, introduced in America by 18th century German settlers in Pennsylvania. Children would set out homemade nests, in which this ancestor of the Easter bunny could lay its pretty-colored eggs.
These days, it’s the perfect excuse to get outside for some springtime air and watch kids young and old search for hidden treasure. Thinking it’s time you stepped up to host the annual Easter hunt extravaganza? Or maybe you’re plotting a small-but-spirited at-home hunt for the little ones in your immediate family. Follow these easy steps for pulling off a classic Easter egg hunt like a pro.
1. Set the Date
Of course it’s traditional to have an Easter egg hunt on Easter Day, but it’s certainly not required. In fact, you may be attending a few in the neighborhood, in addition to hosting your own, so realistically not all egg hunts can happen on the same day. An ideal timeframe would be Easter weekend, or even the week/end before. If you’re planning on hosting outdoors, have a back-up location plan in case of rain or chilly weather.
2. Pick a Location
Whether the hunt is taking place in your front yard or the grounds of the community center, make sure the location works for your group. Pick an area that’s large enough for your hunters, but not too large that it’s impossible to find the eggs. You’ll also want a spot where you can clearly define the boundaries, has plenty of grass, and is set far enough away from a road or pond. If you’re hosting inside, try and make sure the adventures take place on one floor so there are no stairs in the mix.
3. Stock Up on Eggs
Quite possibly the most important part of an Easter egg hunt. While some hosts prefer to hide real eggs, it’s often best to use plastic eggs, especially if there are a lot of little kids invited to your hunt (and bonus, you can fill each plastic egg with candy, knick-knacks, and even coins, if you’re feeling generous!). You’re also welcome to use a mix of both—the more eggs the merrier. If you’re not sure about how many to have on hand, we’d suggest about 10 eggs per child, depending on the age group.
4. Have Baskets, Buckets, and Pails at the Ready
You could host a BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) Easter egg hunt—and it would be great if everyone showed up with baskets—but play it safe and assume you’ll need to have egg-collecting gear for all your hunt attendees. Plan to have at least one vessel for goodies for every guest invited. Easter baskets are always traditional, but tote bags, beach pails, or even cute small boxes are fun Easter basket alternatives.
5. Hide the Eggs
Before you start hiding anything, count the eggs. (You’ll thank yourself later.) Choose hiding spots that make sense for the ages of the kids invited. You’ll want some eggs in more obvious locations (right on the open lawn), and others hidden in more challenging spots like tucked inside a mailbox, in a plant bed, or hidden behind the stump of a tree.
6. Ready, Set, Hunt
If you’re hosting many kids of all different ages, think about letting kids start in rounds by age group or range. To be fair, let the the littlest hunters have first dibs on eggs. Once they go, start a countdown of a minute to 30 seconds (any longer and you’ll probably make some enemies) before giving the older age groups the go-ahead to join in.
7. Count the Eggs
When you’re certain that all the eggs have been found (this is where counting them before hiding them comes in handy), it’s time to make the final tally. Sometimes even the egg hiders forget about those clever hiding spots. If you choose to reward the all-star gatherers—beyond the goodies inside their bounty of plastic eggs—now’s the time to offer up festive Easter prizes.