It can often be difficult to see your parents age. Adult children often serve as caregivers for their parents. When serving as the caregiver, it is extremely important to monitor your loved one's health and independence.
Some questions that you can ask yourself when evaluating your loved one's health include what conditions they may have, how they are feeling and what activities they do on a daily basis. When evaluating your loved one's independence, ask yourself what are they able to do by themselves and what activities do they need a little more assistance with, are they motivated to try new things, are they able to drive or walk without assistance.
As the primary caregiver, it is also very important to be prepared for an emergency situation. Keep a running list of your loved one's doctors names, phone numbers and locations. Also keep a list of medications, allergies and other important information.
Caregiving can seem overwhelming at times. Look to home healthcare agencies like Home by Choice for assistance with caregiving. Home by Choice offers many helpful services like sitter services and grocery shopping. Home by Choice professionals can also take your loved one to and from their doctor's appointments. It is important to keep in mind that you are not alone and there are many resources you can use so that the entirety of caregiving is not solely on you.