As your parents grow old, illnesses and ailments begin to appear which may result in you looking after them in their retirement. With illnesses like Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Arthritis, it suddenly becomes difficult for them to function and they’ll require more help from you.
When you see your parents like this, it can be hard to process but with these tips, hopefully it is a little bit easier to look after your parents in their retirement.
Look after their health
In their old age, they may find it difficult to get out and exercise which could deteriorate their health dramatically. To support their wellbeing, you must do your best to get them moving throughout the week.
This could be anything from going for short walks to playing tennis – if they’ve got the energy for it. Doing this will reduce their chances of having a heart attack or developing obesity.
Check their finances
At their age, the last thing they may be thinking about is money so it’s important to set aside some time to look after their finances. This is vital as their money may be passed on to you one day, so you’ll want to make sure there aren’t any outstanding debts to clear.
Arrange a meeting with their bank and get to the bottom of any monetary troubles they may be facing for peace of mind.
Housing and real estate
There are many considerations to make in retirement over home ownership. Do they require help with their house management or want a renovation to make their lives easier? If so, they may need your help to organise these things.
Paying for renovations isn’t always cheap either and without an income they may need help financing it. Inform them about how equity release works and allow them to free up the funds to pay for life changing renovations in their retirement.
If you are working a full-time job alongside caring for your parents, then you may require some support during your shifts. Finding a great carer can be the ideal solution to these problems as they’ll know exactly how to support them and will provide them with company whilst you’re away which is vital as old people can quickly become isolated and lonely.
Help with their documentation
You may discover that your parents find documentation difficult to process which is to be expected. When dealing with concepts like their will it is preparing for their death which can be sad for everyone. Help them to look after this and they’ll find it much easier with you by their side.
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