Building Bridges: How to Set Expectations With Your Aging Parent

As you embark on the journey of caring for your aging parent, it's important to establish clear expectations and maintain open communication. The tips below can help build a foundation of trust, respect, and understanding between you and your parent, which can ultimately lead to a more positive and successful Catholic Daughter season.

Foster Open Communication

Cultivate an environment of open and honest communication with your aging parent. Discuss their desires, preferences, and needs regarding their care. Listen attentively to their input and involve them in decisions to honor their autonomy and maintain their dignity.

Manage Realistic Expectations

Recognize and accept that your parent may have limitations due to their health or age-related changes. Adjust your expectations accordingly, understanding that they may not be able to do everything they once did. Encourage them to communicate their needs, concerns, and boundaries, respecting their wishes whenever possible.

Collaborate and Involve Them

Engage your parent in the decision-making process whenever appropriate. Involve them in discussions about their care, allowing them to express their preferences and contribute to the plan. Collaboration empowers them to maintain a sense of control and fosters a stronger caregiver-care-recipient relationship.

Be Flexible and Patient

Understand that caring can be unpredictable, and your parent's needs may fluctuate. Stay flexible and adapt to changing circumstances, adjusting your expectations as necessary. Practice patience and compassion as you navigate the ups and downs of their journey, showing them love and support along the way.

Seek Professional Advice

If conflicts or challenges arise, don't hesitate to seek guidance from experts. Their expertise can provide valuable insights and help you navigate complex situations, ensuring the best possible care for your aging parent.

Catholic Caring for parent support parish formation

The Workshop women are talking about!

The Successful Approach: Caring For An Aging Parent

Approach is everything! Imagine having an approach and system aimed at enabling you to conquer caring and live a win-win season of life. If you are looking to figure out a low-stress, guilt-free, and balanced approach to navigating caring for your parent while effectively managing all the other roles you love - you're in the right place! Uncover the best approach to live the life you desire and deserve during this season by joining The Successful Approach Workshop.


Learn More


Conquer the 4th Commandment

Restore Order to

your life

Share this story