What are “must learns” for caregivers dealing with aging parents?
Caregivers need to have lots of patience and speak loudly without looking or sounding like they are yelling at them. No matter what kind of infirmities an older adult has, it has made them slower. They already hate that they’re not as functional as they were, so caregivers need to talk to them with respect and empathy.
The second thing is to take care of yourself. If you’re not in good health, mentally and physically, you fail to care for another well, take advantage of any help you can get, and give yourself breaks occasionally. Be careful that your beloved does not develop bedsores.
Nail cutting is another critical point. Be very careful not to cause cut/injury. At times your beloved wants to sit, so prepare a proper arrangement. Several pillows are needed. The lower part of the spine has to be supported appropriately.
Diet also needs to be soft and digestible. Anything that could cause stomach upset should not be given. But one of the most “must learn” is to let them retain their independence and individuality.