But being a caregiver for your mom and dad is about more than just giving you the basics of survival and health. Many of us as Boomers still have ageing parents to care for and this can be a strain as we move into retirement and we face the prospect of them moving in with us, or they face the prospect of moving into a retirement home.
You can make sure their clothes are clean and that their medications are there for them every day. You also can look after their finances so there is plenty there to take care of the necessities of life and none is wasted or taken from them by scam artists.
- Dinner every week. If you have a routine time when you either come to your parents home and bring dinner or have them to your place to enjoy some family time that will become a favorite night of the week for your parents.
- Lots of family time. The real value of being in the same town as your parents is they can have lots of time with your family. So let them be part of many of the family things you do such as church, school activities and fun outings during the spring and summer as well.
- Make the holidays festive. What would the holidays be without Grandma? And if Grandpa makes a good Santa Clause, you are all set.
- Make their house a home. As a caregiver, sometimes the chore of cleaning and maintaining your parent’s apartment falls to you.
- But don’t just “settle” for a nice clean look. Dig out those great things that mom used to have on the walls and shelves at home when she had her own place. Try to give that room at the senior retirement center as much like home as possible so she will feel comfortable and happy among the things that mean this is her place and hers alone.