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Your parents have taken care of you for a good portion of your life, so what happens when the roles are switched? It can be a tough time for the family to adjust when you start caring for your parents. During this transition, you need to start establishing a new, healthy relationship between you and your aging parent or loved one. When aging parents begin to decline, they still have this urge of independence and denial. As long as you have good communication between you and your parent, the transition will go smoothly. Remember, you are not trying to parent your parent; you are trying to help them out as much as you can. Here are a few tips to establish a healthy relationship and an easy transition into role reversal.

  1. Avoid hiding secrets and guilt trips
  2. Take good care of both yourself and your aging parent, mental & physical health is important
  3. Trust and respect one another
  4. Make sure you and your parent's needs are being met, learn how and when to say "no"
  5. Adapt to change

Although this can be easier said than done, as long as you both work together cooperatively this role reversal transition will work out well in the long run. It might be better if you start having that talk with your senior parent now before anything bad happens or they begin to decline. It's always better to have it sooner than later so you can prepare for what is to come. If you need help with your senior parent or loved one let Home By Choice give you a helping hand. We have patient, compassionate caregivers who can assist in daily tasks throughout the day and more. Contact us today!

Posted on 01/20/2016 in In-Home Care

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