If you find yourself as your mom or dad’s caregiver, it’s OK to grieve the loss of your old parent-child relationship. The important thing is that you’re now there for your parent, honoring the sacrifices they once made for you. To do this successfully (while sidestepping as many emotional landmines as possible):
Participate in open communication with your parent and any other parties involved, such as your siblings or your parent’s health care providers
1. Promote independence in the parent, whenever possible, even if there are limitations
2. Reach out to support systems, such as family members and volunteer groups
3. Observe your parent’s routines and habits, and be aware of any changes
4. Familiarize yourself with your parent’s financial and insurance details
5. Stay current on elder issues, updates and information regarding elders and aging.
Educate yourself on eldercare issues