How to begin taking care of an elderly relative?
Question by Jille K: How to begin taking care of an elderly relative?
My husband and I are just starting to map out a plan for caring for his elderly uncle. He wants to stay in his home, has no other relatives but lives an hour a way. His memory is failing and his friends are becoming concerned. However, he is adamant that he is still able to take care of himself and remain in his home. Any tips on where to begin would be helpful.
Answer by J C
You could start by cleaning his house and while your there you can be checking on him . Ask him if he’s taking any medicines he needs to, does he need a ride somewhere like the grocery store or to the doctor. I’m sure it’s hard to let go of your own independence so if you start slowly he might not even notice at first and then before he realizes it he’ll fell dependant on you and it won’t be such a shock to him. Good luck!
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