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3 Tips to Care for Your Elderly Parents

Home Care in Huntington Beach CA

For many, taking care of elderly parents at home is their true calling in life. Having your parents grow old is a time for a confusing transition. The parents, who were once the shot callers, now have to give up a certain degree of independence and the child has to embark on his new responsibility to care for his elderly parents. The prospect of caring for your elderly parents at home may seem daunting at first, but with some tips from professional senior caretakers, you can be well on your way and make the experience much easier for you as well as your parents.

Let’s go through the 3 tips to care for your elderly parents.

1.     Understand the level of care required

Caregiving for a senior at home can be quite a task. When you are carrying out various tasks, it is easy to lose track of the bigger picture and neglect some needs while fulfilling others. In order to provide complete care without letting any of your parents needs be neglected, you need to make a list of the things that are required from you and the things that you are actually doing.

Make sure you know all the times help is required by your parents. Is it daytime? Night? Or is constant supervision needed? You don’t have to do all of this at once. Just note down the things you do daily and soon enough, you will have a clear picture of all the things your parents need help with.

2.    Establish a caregiving budget

Before starting caregiving for your elderly parents at home, you need to know what exactly you are dealing with in terms of finances. You need to make an extensive list of all the resources utilized by your parents so that you can allocate a budget for those particular resources or activities on a monthly basis without missing out any of them. Establishing a caregiving budget prevents any surprises in the future and keeps you prepared for what’s ahead. A calculated caregiving budget will also streamline the financial aspect of elderly caregiving by working out each and every need and what it costs.

3.    Things to consider when quitting your job to be a full time caregiver

Taking out enough time as a working professional to look after your elderly parents may be a struggle and many consider quitting their jobs to gain time. Don’t forget that quitting work not will not only eliminate your current income, but will also leave a sizable impact on your retirement savings. You must also asses your chances of finding work in future once you leave and whether your skills would still match with the market’s demand. You can take care of your elderly parents only after you yourself are well taken care of. Make sure that if you are quitting your job, your benefits such as life insurance or health insurance is replaceable. If your employer offers family leave policies and flexibility, you might want to look into those.

If you determine you need outside help from a home care agency to supplement your own efforts, please refer to our Services page for the list of services we provide.  We can discuss costs with you once we know the level and scope of care required.

If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Huntington Beach or the surrounding Orange County areas, please call us at 949-535-2211.  We provide senior care services in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo and surrounding areas of Orange County California.  Contact us today to learn more.



Dan Segal

Dan and Yvonne Segal are the owners and operators of Optimal Senior Care Solutions. Dan is a 25 year veteran of the Healthcare Industry and Yvonne is an instructional aide at Meadow Park Elementary School in Irvine.

Both Dan and Yvonne had personal experiences with the needs and challenges of caring for aging parents. They saw the need for a high quality professionally run yet personalized service to deliver the type of experience that they had a hard time finding.