It is very important for you as a family caregiver to encourage your parents to talk to their doctor about immunizations, and find out if they are appropriate for them, and which one’s the doctor thinks they should have. If together they have decided your senior should be vaccinated, your parent may feel anxious. This is especially true if your parent was not immunized when they were younger, or they are dealing with cognitive function decline that may make them forget being immunized. Helping your parent cope with this anxiety can make them feel more secure, and make the vaccination experience smoother for both of you.
Use these tips to help your parent cope with anxiety before immunizations:
- Talk to them about how important it is for them to get immunized. Consider sitting down with their doctor to have them explain the value of immunizations, how it will protect your parent, and the consequences they could face if they are not immunized.
- Ask the doctor if there are ways to reduce the pain of the immunization, such as taking an over-the-counter pain medications prior to going to the appointment. Knowing they have this option can help your parent feel more at ease.
- Talk to them about times when they have experienced “worse” things, and didn’t mind, such as getting their ears pierced.
- Plan something for after. If your parent is feeling particularly overwhelmed or anxious, plan for something to do together after the appointment. Focus on this so they have something to look forward to.
Being an effective family caregiver for your aging parent means utilizing the tools and resources available to you in the best ways. One of the most meaningful and beneficial resources you may have is senior care. Having a senior home care services provider as part of your care routine for your aging parent means always knowing that they have access to the care and support they need to manage their individual challenges in the best ways. The customer services of a care provider are designed to not just help your parent cope with health problems or mobility issues, but also to support their mental and emotional health, encourage them to stay active and engaged, and promote independence as they age in their own home. This gives them a lifestyle you can feel good about, and also eases your stress as you manage your caregiver journey, as well as your efforts for others around you.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN ROCKY MOUNT, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.
Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).