Caring for Aging Parents: You’re Not Alone

Caring for a parent can feel overwhelming because you’re not sure exactly what needs to be done.

To solve that problem, take a step back to understand how much help your parent needs with everyday life.

Think about 8 key areas:

  • Family support

  • Home safety

  • Medical needs

  • Cognitive health

  • Mobility

  • Personal hygiene

  • Meal preparation

  • Social interaction

How much support are they already getting in each category and how much help do they really need to stay safe and healthy?

Write everything down in a caregiving notebook so you can keep track of their needs and figure out what services are needed.

For example, let’s say your dad is managing diabetes and heart disease, has no other family nearby, is fairly isolated in a rural area, and hates to cook for himself. Plus, you live across the country. So, he’ll need help with medication management, transportation, and meals.