As we grow old we need help from others as we cannot do our tasks completely alone. We also need company of others to live happily, and the same is applicable to our aged parents. But we should learn how to help our parents and how to give them company and make their life full of joy.
Here are some tips to keep your parents happy
Empathize with your parents:
When parents grow old they cannot always concentrate on things properly and show reaction for small things. Sadly, we also get angry with this and sometimes it is hard to deal with their behavior and tackle with their moods. But we have to show them affection and try to understand their problems clearly and be empathetic with what they want from us. In the old age they lose all their income sources and have to depend on their children, lose energy and their health conditions also deteriorate, they lose friends and independence, so we should listen to our parents. If needed and you can afford, you can buy a rest home for your parents.
Call them regularly:
If you are living far from your home and do not regularly meet your parents then at least call them regularly this small thing will make them happy. Try to call them at least once in a day, no matter how much you are busy with your life, find time to call your parents or set an alarm in your phone.
Get other family members involved in taking care of your parents:
If you have nice family members, then tell them about your responsibilities towards your parents. You can make a routine and divide the work among them, if one person from your family visits your parents, who are in rest homes in Christchurch, regularly, then you can know the current health and other situations of your parents and sharing this responsibility will reduce your task. This communication will strengthen the bond between your family and your parents.
Seek out potential problems:
You should visit regularly your parents’ house and find the problems or just simply ask them if there is any need for repairs or changes. If they need your help, you can do that immediately. Find the small things which will save them from injury, such as you can make anti-slip stairs, use carpets in floors, install handrails and lit up all the corners and rooms of that house so that they can see everything clearly; this will save them from unnecessary accidents.
Encourage them to stay active:
You can suggest them to join old age clubs or any community which will keep them busy and they can also find their like-minded people. You can buy a membership card for them of some libraries. Take them out for small tours or dinners.