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You Will Need
- Comfortable clothes
- A physician
- An elder care attorney
Visit, listen, discuss
Visit often and talk with your parents. Address healthcare, financial, and housing issues for when they will require more care than you can provide.
Ask a neighbor or sibling to check on your parents often in your absence. Educate the helper about any medication schedule.
Buy comfortable clothes
Buy parents plastic-waist pants, slip on shoes, and other clothing with Velcro closures to make getting dressed easier.
Accept help and take breaks from your parents. You need to manage your strength because they rely on your staying healthy.
Take the keys
Guide parents to avoid all but necessary driving. If necessary, have the doctor direct them to quit driving, or disable the car.
Safety check their house
Inspect the house to confirm smoke alarms and locks work, and that parents keep medical alert buttons on them or within reach at all times.
Educate yourself on senior services and alternative living facilities in the event your parents have to give up their home.
Consult elder care attorney
Consult an elder care attorney who can advise on a detailed will and set up power of attorney and advance medical directives. Post these in a prominent place in their home.