Summer is a favourite time for weddings. The weather is warm, with a sprinkle of rain from time to tome, and the whole earth comes alive after the stillness of winter. It is the perfect time for everyone to go out with a special someone. But for an elderly widowed parent, finding a new companion is not easy. It takes time to leave behind the memories of a partner who has passed and move on with someone else. It is hard for you to imagine that scenario too, isn’t it? Most memories you have are of mom and dad together - working, playing, and building a life with you. It is hard to imagine them with anyone else until one of them leaves the world. How do you react when mom tells you she is “seeing” someone who is not your father? What do you say when dad asks you to meet his new “girlfriend”?
Dating is new territory for everyone. Mom probably feels the excitement of a new relationship. You and your siblings may have feelings of trepidation. There is no need to let a new companion plant a wedge in your relationship with your parent. In reality, companionship is one step in healing an old and lonely heart. At Home Instead Senior Care, our caregivers can help families through this time of transition with a listening ear and personalized senior care services.
Your relationship with your aging parent is important. Deciding to date again is a fantastic opportunity to support your mom or dad instead of feeling alienated or making them feel alienated. Here are some suggestions to keep the peace and not wage war:
Encourage your elderly parents to get out and meet new people. Companionship comes in many forms, including a professional caregiver. A trusted home care specialist from Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga can step in to offer support services that will keep mom or dad engaged, active and living independently.
Call us at (905) 276-2273 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Mississauga area.
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