Quitting smoking is one of the best things that anyone can do for their health. Smoking has no health benefits and can cause a wide variety of very serious health problems, including the increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, high cholesterol, and other problems. Helping your parent quit can protect their health, extend their life, and give them better quality of life as they age in place. Especially if your senior has been smoking for a long time, however, quitting can be very difficult. As their family caregiver, you can support them and help to make this process easier and less stressful for them.
Use these tips to help your senior quit smoking:
- Go to the doctor with them and have a conversation about the importance of not smoking. Hearing what this can do to them from their doctor, especially when it is directly related to any health problems that they are currently suffering, can emphasize the importance to your parent and make them more likely to comply.
- Have the doctor give recommendations for how to quit. Not only will hearing these give your parent a good headstart, but it can also make them feel as though there is hope because they aren’t getting started with the question of how they are supposed to tackle this challenge.
- Let them know that you understand that this is a challenge and that you are proud of them for taking this important step in their health. Acknowledging them rather than dismissing the task as “easy” can help them to feel less intimidated.
- Help your parent find coping mechanisms that they can use when they are feeling cravings. These can be taking a walk, exercising, doing a favorite activity or hobby, using aromatherapy, or calling a friend or family member.
- Celebrate little victories to keep your parent motivated and energized.
If your aging parent has developed needs and challenges that you are unable to fulfill, a changing schedule has made it so that you are no longer able to give you a parent to the level of care that you previously could, your own limitations make it difficult to fulfill your care needs, or you simply believe that your parent would benefit from more diversified support and assistance, now maybe the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent when it is right for them according to their needs as well as the care that you already give them. This enables them to give your parents a highly personalized set of services designed to specifically address their individual needs in the ways that are right for them. this care can include transportation, meal preparation, assistance with personal care needs, mobility support, medication reminders to help them to remain compliant, help with running errands , and more.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE SERVICES IN CARROLLTON, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.