How to Help Dad? Take Two of These Tips and Call Us in the Morning

As our parents age, we naturally want to help them in any way we can. Unfortunately, it’s hard to know just how to do this. At times Dad may seem fine (or claim to be fine), but there’s often a nagging sense of worry. Take these tips and call your aging experts if you’re ready to remove your worries.

1. Plan ahead.

How should things be set up so you can best help Dad? Now’s the time to make sure your legal, financial and healthcare “ducks are in a row”. We can help you outline a plan for what needs to be done, and refer you to quality professionals.

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2. Get organized.

Gather the vital information using the “Document Locator List”.

3. Get a home safety review and assessment.

Grab a copy of the EasyLiving falls prevention checklist. Consider a comprehensive assessment for a full review of home safety, health and needs.

4. Support Dad in staying active and enjoying life.

Home health companies like EasyLiving offer many services to help. If Dad gives up driving (or just prefers not to drive on busy roads or at night), he may become isolated. Caregivers can provide senior transportation customized to Dad’s needs and schedule.

An aging life care manager can work out a “thriving without driving” plan (and help you have that tough conversation). In-home concierge and companion services ensure Dad can continue doing the things he loves while staying safe.

5. Take steps to help Dad stay at home, sweet home.

Home carries such emotional ties. Almost everyone agrees they’d like to stay there as they get older. But, the home can become a burden.

A son shares:

My Dad worked hard keeping up the home they raised us in over the years. There was no way I’d suggest he move to an ALF if I could help it. But, he had a couple accidents trying to do home and lawn maintenance. Mom did most of the cooking and laundry so Dad never really adjusted to those duties after she died. He seemed to be losing weight and eating mostly junk food. And, he was living in a couple rooms because the housekeeping was too much.

I talked to Dad and suggested we meet with Easy Living. The caregiver has been a huge help and the house looks great. So does Dad! She even cooked some of Mom’s old recipes and sent us the sweetest video of Dad enjoying his favorite casserole. Even though he was a bit reluctant at first, his huge smile in that video was confirmation we did the right thing.

6. Know where to turn for help.

Consider scheduling a care management assessment. You will become familiar with resources you can access. More importantly, you’ll have a plan of action to prevent crises and be prepared.

There’s nothing scarier than that 2 AM call that Dad’s being rushed to the ER. And, there’s nothing better than knowing someone has you covered. Get in touch with EasyLiving to learn more about peace of mind with our crisis intervention program.