Why Is Caring for Our Grandparents Important?
Caring for our grandparents can be both satisfying and strenuous. However, in today’s society, our responsibility to care for them shouldn’t be left to last-minute decisions, let alone evaded, as often happens.
The social importance of caring for our grandparents
Being a caregiver is a very serious task. During this stage of our grandparents’ lives, it’s imperative that we give them back all the love they showed us and, with respect and dignity, make them feel loved and needed in our lives.
When you’re a mother, and you have to deal with caring for grandparents, you’ll be presented with many opportunities to instill values in your children. Through simple daily actions, you’ll teach them to be more responsible, patient and loving.
They’ll also be given a chance to benefit from their grandparents’ wisdom and experience, not to mention the essential knowledge they’ll acquire on how to take care of you when you get older.
Three ways to care for our grandparents
There are many options for caring for our grandparents. All cases vary according to the circumstances. Take note of the following options:
1. Caring for them from home
If you decide to take them home, keep in mind the following:
- Accept help. You shouldn’t do everything by yourself. Even though your grandparents live in your home, any family member, whether close or not, can collaborate in caring for our grandparents.
- Establish clear limits. Also, remember that, even if your grandparents are living in your house, this is still your home. Indeed, you may have to be open to pleasing them whenever you can to make them feel comfortable and loved, but you must be the one who assumes the responsibilities.
- Adapt your house so that it’ll be easier to care for your grandparents. Make sure that there is nothing that could pose a threat to a senior. If necessary, install ramps for wheelchairs or access handrails on the stairs.
- Advise the rest of your family members. It’s a good idea to talk with the youngest members about this new situation and explain to them with simplicity why our grandparents now live with us. Let them participate in their care to the extent that’s possible. It will be a great overall experience for them.
- Prepare yourself. Have their doctor’s phone number on hand, as well as their medications. It’s always good to be prepared when caring for the elderly.
2. Give their care to a specialized home
This option has become more accepted in modern society, mainly due to existential dilemmas and daily obligations. If you choose this option, consider the following:
First of all, do your research. Ask the retirement home for references. Consult if they have qualified personnel, which includes certified doctors and nurses.
Also, calculate the time it takes you to reach your grandparents in case of an emergency. Remember that delegating your care to a specialized home doesn’t exempt you from your responsibility. Therefore, plan visits during special family events.
In addition, make sure that you have the resources to assume all of the necessary costs that this alternative implies. In some countries, asylums are very well equipped, they don’t lack anything and have state-funded social security programs. Always be cautious.
Having a home care for your grandparents must be a joint decision. All family members must agree on this decision, including our grandparents.
“It’s extremely important to give them back all the love they showed us and, with respect and dignity, make them feel loved and needed in our lives”
3. Caring for our grandparents in their own home
Sometimes, it’s best to assist our grandparents in their own home. Thus, you can surround them with security and respect their space.
It can be a very friendly alternative. Remember that forcing something on someone is never a good idea. If you’re thinking of taking care of your grandparents in their home, ask yourself the following:
- Do they need company?
- Will I have everything at hand to take care of them?
- Is this the best option for their well-being?
- What risks are there? What problems could arise?
In brief, caring for our grandparents in their own home can save them age-related discomforts. This contributes to their mental and physical health.
Lastly, remember never to improvize. It’s not a good tactic when it comes to taking care of our grandparents.
If at any time you’re in doubt, consult other family members, doctors and, above all things, keep in mind their preferences.
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