Parents look after us. They’ve given us a tenner for those diamante clam digger jeans, picked us up from that terrible party and accepted our weird picky food phases.
Now that we’re adults, we can empathise. We understand how much they’ve done for us and wonder how they managed to fit everything in, especially now we have our own kids. Daily life is so incredibly busy, but now is a good time to start thinking of returning the favour.
If your parents are older and you want to look after them, here are some ideas to give back.
Do Some DIY
If your parents’ house could do with some TLC, look for ways to update it. Chat with them about their house to see what they would like to change and explore what needs to be done.
This could be anything from a few rooms needing a quick lick of paint to a wall being taken out to make the living space more accessible. Once you have an idea of what can be done, plan how and who will do the DIY. If you are getting someone else to do some of the renovations, you could out for day trips while the work is being done, meaning you get to spend more time with your parents.
Time to Eat
Older people can easily forget to eat or not really bother with meals. There are several ways to encourage your mum and dad to eat properly. Depending on their age, you could set up meals on wheels for them or send food packages.
Ordering food online for them is also a great way to make sure they are getting the food they need. If your parents are very independent and want to take charge of their own meals, you could suggest driving to the shops with them for food or you show them how to order food online.
It may be that they can already use the internet, but if not it’s well worth sitting down with your parents and explaining how to use Skype and emails, as well as teaching them how to shop for food and other essentials online. This not only gives them a chance to take charge of the purchases they need to make, but it means you can communicate with them easily.
Communication is essential for both their and your wellbeing and by using technology, you are ensuring you are staying in touch.
Help your parents get out and get active. If they have health issues, find ways to encourage gentle exercise and help them get out of the house, even if you just go for a little walk around the block.
Mobility solutions are available for those who find walking tricky. Look into ways to help get your mum and dad out and about that are adapted to their needs. You’ll be glad you did.
Are you planning on getting your parents out of the house more? How are you giving back to your mum and dad?