As much as it’s a fact of life that we’re all going to get old, nobody really likes to think about it too much, and they certainly don’t like to see their once-young and able parents starting to age and get to the place in life where they’re unable to take care of themselves properly. However, it’s not something that’s going to go away simply by pretending it’s not happening, so instead of doing that, then it’s better to just face it head on and explore the options available for caring for our ageing parents when they start approaching this stage in their lives.

Of course, it’s also important to communicate with them openly and make them part of the decision so that they don’t feel like they’re being stripped of their independence or are having things decided for them on their behalf.

Likewise it’s important to remember that each situation is individual and that your parents may not necessarily need round the clock care, they may just need someone to come in a couple of days per week to help out with things around the house.

So, in this post, we’ve listed out some of the options you have available to explore if your parents are ageing and you’d like to be of more support to them and ensure they can maintain a good quality of life.

Residential care:

Residential care is for those who really need to be monitored round the clock, and although the residents living in residential care may be more able bodied or minded than others, they will have other things that could potentially mean it’s dangerous for them to be living at home alone, so residential care in this case is really a good option. If this is the path you’re thinking of, then taking the time to meet with different homes and see which ones you feel are most suitable for your parent is the first step. Residential care often isn’t cheap, but if you find a good one, then the peace of mind you get from knowing your parent is comfortable and cared for is priceless.

Sheltered living:

Sheltered living is a great option for those who are not in need of residential care, but who are perhaps finding being at home alone a bit of struggle. Residential care combines the benefits of independent living along with care on hand when needed and also a social aspect, such as a common area where they will have meals and activities for those who live there, so this is especially good if your parent is struggling with feeling lonely or isolated.

Moving them in with you:

In an ideal world, this would be the option everyone would choose, but it’s simply not always logistically or financially possible. Even if you have space in your house, you may find that the layout of your house such as too many stairs just makes it difficult. Of course, if you have more space on the outside or the ability to extend your house, you could look into the price of a granny flat as an alternative.

In-home care:

In-home care can be designed to the individual’s needs, so for example, your parent may not need someone to live with them 24/7, but this can also be an option if needed. Sometimes in-house living may be more comfortable for your parent if they really don’t want to leave their house, but you don’t have the time to care for them round the clock, so you can hire a professional to do so.

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Shona Mackin is a mum to a little boy and massive Bernese Mountain Dog fur baby. In her previous (and current) life, she is the owner of social media agency socialface. As a serial entrepreneur, she aimed to design her businesses to do what she wanted, when she wanted… at least thats what she thought, until she found out her babies had a better plan. Thankfully her former former life as a dancer gave her oodles of flexibility and determination to roll with whatever each new day throws her way… sometimes… other days coffee helps in the morning and wine in the evening or a time out in a hot shower to block out the noise.