10 Tips for Caring for a Spouse or Parent who has Become a Child
- Don’t argue, but rather change the subject.
- Don’t try to shame or lecture your parent into doing what is best for them. Distract, divert attention, and do what has to be done.
- Avoid the word remember. Instead reminisce with your loved one, remind and reassure.
- Physical touch is important.
- Monitor medications!
- Get rid of clutter. Simplify even family photos.
- Make spiritual input a priority. Worship together, read Scripture, sing. Even if you can’t carry a tune, the words of those songs can still lift a heart.
- Take care of yourself. You can only do so much. There is no shame in asking for help.
- Pray–for strength and patience, but also prayers of thankfulness for giving you the opportunity to bless them.
- Celebrate everything you can.
If there is anything we can do to help your family, please let us know.
To learn more, I recommend picking up the book, “When Your Parent Becomes Your Child” by Ken Abraham.