Archive for April, 2010
There comes a time in most people’s lives when they become unable to take care of their selves anymore. This usually happens at old age since old age can be associated to health conditions such as weaker muscles, poor eyesight, hearing impairment, rheumatism, arthritis, and even heart problems. It is an unfortunate fact that not all elderly parents or senior citizens are taken care of their children. This is because of various complications in life. Taking care of an elderly can be as difficult and demanding as taking care of an infant. Thus, if you intend to take care of your elderly parent at home, there are a few things that you must remember to make everyday tasks less challenging.
The first thing you must remember is to take into consideration the health condition of your elderly parent. Bear in mind that his or her health is not as good as yours. Just like an infant, an elderly person’s immune system is not as strong as yours in fighting illnesses, and simple things like a cooler temperature may cause them some joint pains, headache and even cold.
Their sense of balance is also not as good as when they were younger. Thus, your elderly parent can be susceptible to falling and slipping from time to time. You can avoid this by making it easier for them to get around. Rubber shoes can help them avoid slipping while canes or even wheelchairs can help them move around with lesser risk of falling.