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The holidays are a perfect time to spend quality moments with your aging parents or other older family members. When you visit them, it’s not just about presents and yummy food; it’s also a chance to make sure they’re doing well, keep their homes safe, and chat about the future. Here are some friendly tips to make your visit even better.
1. Be Observant & Make Notes
If your parents or relatives live on their own, the holidays are a perfect time to discreetly check on them. You don’t have to be sneaky, just pay attention. Notice how they’re doing and make notes for future reference. By doing this every year and keeping notes, you’ll be able to spot changes more easily in the future.
Use this handy printable PDF checklist to evaluate changes in their physical, mental, and emotional health.
2. Safety First
While you’re visiting, you might have an opportunity to make a few simple safety updates. These easy fixes don’t take much time and can help older adults avoid common accidents so they can stay independent longer. You might install handrails, secure loose carpets, or make sure there’s enough light in dark corners. These small changes can help your older loved ones stay independent for a long time.
3. Have meaningful conversations about the future.
When family gets together over the holidays, it’s a good opportunity for meaningful conversations. If you haven’t already started talking about aging and plans for the future, consider bringing up the subject at a strategic time. You might be surprised – many parents appreciate having these conversation and will be grateful that you brought it up.
Use these tips to prepare for a successful conversation and keep a few of the conversation starters in mind to make it easier to get the ball rolling.
We hope this information is helpful to you in the important work you do as a family caregiver.
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