Once upon a time, our second Gods, pappy and mummy, saw most of us gradually transition between various phases of life. They were our mental, physical, social, and financial go-to options. Always living for us and teaching us how to tackle different challenges in life; through word of mouth and in practice. Without their influence in our lives, most of us would not have made it to the comfort zones we currently occupy in society.
However, as time unfolds, the reverse takes place. Their energy faculties diminish as that of their progenies blossom. Just as we were dependent on them for care at a tender age, they grow more dependent on us for aegis. Under critical circumstances, our old men and ladies can encounter disability. Rendering it impossible for them to engage in anything productive.
Do you have elderly parents facing any forms of disability hence cannot engage in their past works? Highlighted in the unfolding paragraphs is how to accord them the disability assistance they deserve.
1. Have a conversation with your siblings on collective responsibility
As parents age, they deserve mutual help from their kids. However, this is not usually the case as one kid won’t pitch in the same efforts as another in taking care of their elderly parents. Have a conversation as siblings to promote the spirit of collaboration between you on how to help your elderly parents enjoy the best of their old age despite suffering disabilities. Outline every tasks and expense required to keep the older man and lady comfortable. And come up with ways on how to cover them.
2. Save their bacon in claiming their social security disability benefits
During their prime years, your parents must have religiously invested in the disability system through FICA wages. Consequently, they have no reasons to wait for too to claim their social security disability benefits. If they are facing disability over 50, they are entitled to benefits from the social security system if they apply for disability. They should also learn about the better benefits guide for medicare and retirement inquiries. You can consider getting a competent attorney to streamline the process of them making their claims; ultimately enjoying the benefits.
3. Get your seniors person-centred care
Catering to the unique disability needs of your ageing parents can be an uphill task to accomplish as an individual or siblings. Nevertheless, a packed to-do list should never be the reason why your loving parents go unattended. Get them person-centred care that will monitor their well being while you are away. Giving you the peace of mind as you focus on your different engagements.
4. Provide them with emotional support
Life gets less fun as one ages, regardless of status and wealth. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), 66.6% of the disabilities in the elderly mushrooms from mental health or related disorders. To avoid inviting a series of such problems, provide your elders with the emotional support they need by being there for them. Spare some time to listen, motivate, and thank them as often as possible. Furthermore, do not lock them indoors all the time. Let them have in together with you through participating in different recreational activities they can manage.