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Getting Prepared for Your Holiday

Now that the weather is getting warmer, many of us are finally starting to wind-down and think about our yearly holiday. The problem with holidays is that all the prep can be such a stress that it’s hard to unwind once we finally get to our destination, so I thought I’d share with you a few tips that can make your life easier while you’re preparing for your trip.

Order Medications Online

From regular prescription meds that we need to take every day, to basics like paracetamol and antihistamines, most if us take a few different medications on holiday with us each year. Using an online pharmacy like UK Meds to order everything you need well ahead of time can save you the stress of picking up prescriptions as everything you order will be delivered straight to your door.

Weigh Your Bags

Is there anything more annoying than getting to the airport, realising your bags are too heavy and you’re going to need to pay a hefty fee to take excess baggage on the plain with you? We highly recommend getting a suitcase scale and weighing them yourself before you go so that you can be double sure you’re not going to get stung for fees.

Online Check-In

I’m stilled awed by this one, but the ability to check-in online means less time waiting around in airports and going through all of that aggravation. Doing online check-in means that you can spend your time in the airport enjoying a pre-flight cocktail and perusing the duty-free at your leisure!

Buy it There

Often, we spend SO much time and money shopping before a holiday, when waiting to buy things when you’re there can be beneficial in many ways. Most places you’ll go will have a supermarket nearby (we saw someone online the other day saying they did a Lidl shop in Tenerife!), so you could buy toiletries, nappies, sun cream and other items. They’ll probably be cheaper than they are in the UK, and you’ll also save space and weight in your suitcases if you aren’t lugging these heavy, bulky items along with you.

Book in Advance

If you’re planning excursions and day trips while you’re away, there will be lots of things that you can book in advance, like water parks and coach trips. This will save you the bother of doing it while you’re there, can help to navigate a language barrier and means that any money you take with you will be for luxuries and treats!

Rubbish Clearance Waste Management Improved By Clearabee

Besides a rubbish clearance bin, most UK citizens have a “single stream” recycling container in which they put all their recyclables. This includes everything from plastic juice bottles to discarded toys. Paper, plastic, and glass are all mixed together. Other countries, such as the United States, use single stream curbside recycling too because citizens tend to be lazy so they prefer not having to separate out the different types of recyclables they bin and the government doesn’t force them to. However, this convenience comes at a huge cost.

Single stream recycling is usually picked up by the same bin men as pick up the rubbish clearance bins. They simply throw it on a different truck or a different part of the truck. However, it is a problem that much of the household rubbish ends up in the recycling bin and vice versa before they even pick it up. Further, the rubbish clearance will often contaminate the recycling to the point it cab not be processed as recycled items. For example, if oil or grease gets on cardboard recyclables, it cannot be recycled and will end up going to the landfill anyway. This is the same reason that greasy pizza boxes cannot be recycled, although people often mistakenly put them in the recycle bin.

The single stream recyclables are taken to a materials recovery facility where it must be sorted in various ways. In some case, people actually remove certain items as the recyclables come down a long conveyer belt. In other cases, optical sorters, infrared sorters, and magnetic sorters automatically sort the waste removal while humans watch over the process and spot errors. Although this works amazingly well, the process is not perfect.

Susan Collins, the director of the Container Recycling Institute, a charity group based in the United States, reports that twenty-five to forty percent of the single stream recyclables actually get taken to the landfill. This is due to contamination and other issues in the sorting process and due to what happens in the recycle bin at home before it even gets taken to the materials recovery facility. As she puts it, “You can’t unscramble an egg.” In other words, once certain materials get mixed, you can un-mix them to sort them for recycling different types of materials. For example, if glass breaks into bits during transport, and contaminates paper recyclables in the same bin, these items may not be able to be sorted well enough for the paper and glass to both be recycled in the way they need, so they both may end up in the landfill.

Private on demand rubbish clearance companies, like Clearabee, in the UK seem to be the best equipped to deal with the problems associated with sorting (pre-sorting) and contamination. Further, they seem to reduce this problem just be how their process works and where they take the rubbish clearance they pick up. Luckily for ecofriendly oriented UK citizens, Clearabee has quickly grown to be the largest private rubbish clearance service in the entire UK, outcompeting the next largest similar service by a long shot.

The Clearabee teams are trained to pre-sort and then group together similar materials from different households and businesses. They then use technology to determine the nearest places that will accept each type of material for reuse or recycling, instead of taking these items to the landfill. They also put a preference on reusing materials over recycling them as reusing items is even more ecofriendly than recycling items.

Some customers of Clearabee are willing to help out and do a certain amount of pre-sorting before Clearabee picks up their rubbish clearance, although the Clearabee service does not require this. For example, one household doing some spring cleaning, may separate out the clothes, toys, glass bottles, and household items. This can help Clearabee get these different items to places where they can be reused or upcycled.

Over their eight years of being in business, with Daniel Long at the helm, Clearabee has strived to improve their reuse and recycle rate. Right out of the gate, given their mission, motivation, and business plan, they reused and recycled more items than any of the waste removal services hired by the local councils. Today, they have improved upon their original percentages and they now reuse or recycle about ninety percent of everything they clear! This percentage is on par with some other European countries like Finland, Sweden, and Germany who are considered the best recyclers in the world. They are approaching closed loop recycling and Clearabee isn’t that far off this mark either.

Clearabee has become a leader in sustainability on a world stage. Many UK citizens seem to use their service in part because of how ecofriendly their services are compared to any other service in the UK. Doing business with a socially responsible and environmentally friendly business is becoming increasingly important in one’s decision making process on which business to chose over another. Clearabee’s practices make that an easy choice for all the people they serve in England, Scotland, and Wales.

5 Family Cruise Destinations

When Husband and I were planning our wedding, one of the options was to go on a cruise and get married while we were on board. Ultimately, we chose the Maldives, but I’ve wanted to go on a cruise ever since. What we’ve recently discovered is that family cruises are a great option for a family vacation, and there are loads of amazing destinations that you can choose from. Here’s our top five destinations for a family cruise:

Scandinavia

Husband and I are both big fans of Scandinavian society and their way of life, and the countries we’d visit on a Scandinavian cruise are incredibly interesting and beautiful. Cruises are a great way to see a lot, all on one trip and being able to go from county to country is really appealing. There’s also the opportunity to see the Northern Lights on some of the cruises, which is a real bucket list item for all of us.

Caribbean 

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to go on a cruise around the Caribbean?! Sun, crystal seas and  incredible stops at some of the most beautiful islands in the world. I’ve always wanted to go to Jamaica and all four of us are HUGE Bob Marley fans, so some cultural sight-seeing around the island would be another ultimate experience for us.

Mediterranean

Although Europe is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the UK, I still feel like I’ve seen relatively little of it. I’ve been to Malta twice and really love it, but I’d love to see a lot more of the Mediterranean, like Spain, Italy and Greece. One thing we love about Mediterranean culture is the way it’s very family oriented – kids aren’t expected to be “seen and not heard” like they are in other places and it’s not unusual to see families all out together and eating a meal at 10pm!

China

A lot of people automatically think about cruises being on the open ocean, but river cruises are also an option and allow you to see the side of a country that a regular cruise wouldn’t let you see. China is a country I’ve always wanted to visit, and although the main cities seem fascinating, a river cruise would allow you to see the rural parts that you might not otherwise get to visit.

New York

America is quite a way away and when you’re not a fan of flying, going by cruise is a fantastic alternative. I’ve always wanted to visit New York and doubling it up with a cruise would be make it a really memorable trip!

Are you regular cruisers, or a complete newbie like us?Where are your ultimate cruise destinations? Is there anywhere you’d absolutely love to visit? Do leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

The Best Travel Games for Children

Toddlers are not great in unfamiliar places, especially small and confined spaces like your family car. This probably explains why they are such terrible travellers, regardless of whether it’s just a quick drive to the bank or a longer journey on a train or an aeroplane. Even older children sometimes present a problem after the initial novelty wears off and boredom sets in.

Unlike at home, when toddlers and children get bored, cranky or tired in public settings, they will intrude on the personal spaces of fellow travellers. So there is an added pressure for parents to keep their children under control, which is easier said than done, for anyone who’s had the pleasure of going on trips with children. There is nothing as stressful as when your child is wailing at the top of his or her lungs and twenty eyes are staring daggers at you. Thankfully, there are several ways to handle and manage the situation – none of them is more fun though than travel games for kids.

Travel games for toddlers and young children are great tools to have in your armoury as they are capable of providing extended diversion for kids, who are famed for their short attention span. So if you’re planning on going on a trip in the near future, check our recommendations below of the best travel games for your children to give you an idea of what to get.

  1. Bananagrams

Bananagrams is a fun game suitable for children aged seven years and older. Like Scrabble and Boggle, the objective of the game is to form words using tiles drawn from a banana-shaped pouch. However, instead of using points, the winner is the player who has used up all of his or her tiles. Just try to keep the cries of Peel (to replenish tiles) and Banana (to announce victory) to conversation level. As a bonus, studies have shown that Bananagrams can help to improve a child’s reading and writing skills, and enhance their vocabulary.

  1. Travel Bingo

In contrast to traditional bingo, travel bingo requires users to match images instead of numbers to win. Most of the images are familiar to children, but to quickly draw their attention, pick one with a theme that your child loves (cartoons, TV shows, animals, etc.). There are many variations of travel bingo available in the market, but try to choose one with magnetic markers so you don’t have to spend time crawling under seats to find dropped image cards. Travel bingos are suitable for kids as young as three years old.

  1. Monopoly (portable version)

Portable Monopoly sets are perfect for long distance drives or train rides with slight older kids (eight to twelve years old). They are exactly like conventional monopoly, but the board, money, cards, tokens and dices are magnetised. Many manufacturers indicate that the game is suitable for children over the age of three, but we feel that the game would be more appreciated by children a couple of years older owing to the numeracy and reasoning skills required to play the game.

  1. Katamino Pocket

Would you like your child to improve their spatial awareness, deductive reasoning skills and logical skills, and have fun at the same time? Well, say hello to a portable Katamino. Just like the desktop version, the portable Katamino provides challenging 2D and 3D geometric puzzles with varying levels of difficulty. This engrossing game is perfect for children aged eight years and older.

BabyMel Changing Bag Giveaway (in association with Sudocrem and the Baby Changing Room Awards )

It’s crazy to think that in 2017, there are still public places with totally substandard changing facilities, but it’s a fact. Although both of my girls are well beyond the nappy phase, I still notice these things when we’re out and about and I’ve given more than one sympathetic eyeroll to a struggling Dad who doesn’t know whether to balance his kid on his lap to attempt a bum-change, or brave the ladies toilet where the ONLY changing facilities have been inconveniently placed. One place I never fail to be impressed by is our local IKEA. Not only to many of them have HUGE family toilets which have ample space for buggies and wheelchairs, their family loos also have an adult size toilet and a kid sized on in the same room so that everyone is catered for in one special space.

Sudocrem Baby Changing Room AwardsFive years ago, Sudocrem launched the Baby Changing Room Awards to celebrate exactly that – spaces which have been designed with ease and inclusiveness in mind, and this year’s nominations are now open. The awards aim to recognise the fact that “changing” is about SO much more than babies, and that there are children with complex needs who’s parents need adequate facilities to make their lives easier.

Parents like Laura Rutherford, whose son Brody, 5, suffers from GDD, epilepsy, hypermobility and hypotonia, is forced to change her son on a toilet floor. “Life beyond a baby changing table when your child is doubly incontinent means constant exclusions when you go out as a family. It’s heart breaking for us as parents and this is an issue that will sadly become harder and harder as he grows up. He is different not less. Time for change.”

Jenny Miller CEO of PAMIS explains, “We are thrilled that Sudocrem have recognized the needs of children with complex needs as they grow too large for baby changing facilities. Children and young people who require these facilities are often prevented from taking part in their communities by the simple things that we take for granted. In 2007 we cofounded the  Changing Places Consortium and campaign to develop accessible facilities for the most disabled people in the UK. The Sudocrem award scheme is a great idea and we’re confident it’s going to make a big difference!

If you would like to nominate a changing room for the award, then let us know which changing room, why you want to nominate it and preferably include a photo on Facebook via the Sudocrem website www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub or by emailing   competitions@satellitepr.com.

To promote the awards, Sudocrem is giving one lucky Mum’s the Word reader the chance to win a beautiful Babymel Frankie Tweed Nappy Change Bag worth £58.00.

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Family Holiday Bucket List – Sicily

SicilyHusband and I spend a lot of time fantasising about where we’ll visit when we’re able to start taking holidays and one place that we definitely agree upon is Sicily. It’s considered to be a ‘wilder’ version of Italy and there are SO many things about the place that pique our curiosity. We’re planning to rent a villa in Sicily as we think it’ll provide a really good base for us as a family to explore from, and it also gives us the option to have lazy days in our accommodation, or to eat in rather than visiting restaurants for every meal. Here are just five of the reasons we’d love to visit Sicily:

Mount Etna

Obviously, one of the things which springs to mind as soon as most people mention Sicily is Mount Etna, which is an active volcano on the island. It’s possible to climb the mountain and there’s a cable car which takes you to the summit. Once you get there, the views are truly breathtaking and while it’s all very well seeing other people’s photos, it’s a view I’d like to take in with my own eyes.

The History

One of the things that a lot of people don’t realise is the huge amount of Greek history which Sicily has, including one of the best examples of a Greek temple on the planet! Husband and I love a bit of historical sightseeing and would be absolutely in our element wandering around temples for the day.

The Food

Every time I see a plate of Sicilian food, my mouth starts to water involuntarily! From the fresh fish to the cured meats, the pasta, the gelato, the cannoli and other pastries – I could go on, but I don’t want to start drooling on my keyboard! I guarantee I will come back from Sicily having gained a LOT of weight (fortunately there’s a lot of villas in Sicily with a pool, so I could keep some of the weight at bay while I’m there!). 

The Architecture

From what I can gather, the architecture in Sicily is something to take notice of, not least of all because the island has a long history of different cultures using the island as a travelling way-point. Years ago, I read in a book that whenever you’re in a new city, you should look UP at the tops of the buildings because there are often little hidden treasures than so many people miss because they simply never look up, and I reckon Sicily has a lot of these treasures to find.

The Coast

Coming from the South East of England means that I’ve always been fairly close to the coast wherever I’ve lived, and it’s given me a real love of the sea and beach. Sicily’s coastline looks absolutely stunning in every single image I’ve ever seen and I’d love to spend time both on the beaches and travelling the coastline.

Have you ever been to Sicily? Is it a favourite location for holidays for you and your family? Do you have any tips for hidden gems? Do leave me a comment below.

3 Simple Tips for Moving House With Babies & Toddlers

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Months of sleepless nights, tantrums that leave you questioning how such a creature came from your own body, finding inexplicably sticky objects everywhere you go – if you’ve got kids under five, there’s no doubt that these things have made you fairly accustomed to dealing with a certain level of stress.

Now, take those day-to-day dramas and add moving house to the equation – an event that’s been rated more stressful than death and divorce. Feel your cortisol rising yet?

Relocating your home with little kids in tow can be tough, but there are three simple steps you can take to mitigate the stress your family experiences.

1. Maintain Sleeping & Eating Schedules

While your normal schedule might be up in the air from house hunting, packing and time taken off work, it’s important that your kids’ routines stay the same.

Make sure that your kids are sticking to their regular schedule of meals, naps and bedtimes as much as possible before, during and after the big move.

And, while it’s a good idea to get them out of the house on moving day, don’t forget to give your kids an opportunity to say goodbye to their old room before they go. A sudden relocation without any warning can cause a huge sense of loss in young children.

2. Don’t Redecorate Rooms Straight Away
It’s tempting to take a two-birds-one-stone approach to redecorating and moving. After all, why not avoid double handling and just swap out old stuff you no longer want with new items for your new home on the same day?

Kids crave normalcy and having familiar furniture and objects around while they learn the layout of your new home is crucial to reducing their stress.

Young children have a genuine fear of being alone, and this can be heightened if you’re moving into a larger house where it’s more difficult for them to find you when you’re in another room.

If you find your kids getting particularly clingy during the first few weeks at the new house, don’t admonish them. Their anxiety is natural, and it will pass as they get more and more used to their surroundings.

3. Take Care of Yourself
No matter how much you try to hide it, when you’re feeling stressed out your children are bound to pick up on it!

Practicing self-care is particularly vital while moving house. A few pointers for keeping yourself (and your children) emotionally balanced during this time include:

Rely on routine and planning: Help yourself relax by budgeting for your move early (with a financial buffer for unanticipated expenses), making checklists with realistic deadlines and having a backup plan in case things don’t go as expected.

Get support: Seek help from family, friends and even organisations early and often. Whether it’s financial, physical or emotional support you’re after, find out who you can count on to be there for you before you start to feel like you need help.

Be kind to yourself: Remind yourself that you are doing your best. Stop the cycle of continually feeling like you can be doing more by planning out your days in advance and talking about your worries with friends and family.

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10 Things You Wish You Would Have Done While You Were Pregnant

Sure, pregnancy symptoms can be uncomfortable, but there are plenty of reasons to celebrate during those 40 emotion-filled weeks that lead up to the moment when you finally get to meet your little one face to face! With this in mind, here are 10 things women wish they would’ve done during pregnancy. Try a few on for size: You’ll be glad you did!

Keep a Journal

Journaling takes just a few minutes per day, and it’s a great way to remember your thoughts and feelings later on, or just to air your worries in the present moment. Use an actual paper journal and pen, or type on your computer.

Take More Time out For Yourself

Babies require lots of time and effort, and new moms often have trouble finding time to pamper themselves. Relax now, while you have plenty of uninterrupted time.

Photograph Your Pregnant Belly

It’s a lot of fun to watch yourself grow – and weekly photos of your pregnancy can be important keepsakes later on. Set up your camera and take selfies in the same position each week, or have a friend or partner lend a helping hand.

Exercise

Yes, you’re tired and your body is sore! What you might not realize is that exercise can help ease some of those discomforts and prep your body for labor so everything goes a bit more smoothly. Exercise can also help you deal with the physical demands of caring for a newborn. So get your doctor’s approval, and then choose a fun activity or two. Some health clubs even have classes just for pregnant women, so be sure to explore your options.

Check Out Childbirth Classes

Your schedule may be busy, but once baby arrives, you’ll be glad you took some time out for childbirth classes. There really is no substitute for in-person education, especially if you’re able to get your partner involved.

Make a Belly Cast

Memorialize your pregnancy in a fun way by making a belly cast when you’re at your biggest.

Look Fabulous

Maternity clothes are improving all the time, making it easy to stay stylish throughout your entire pregnancy. It can be a lot of fun to really embrace this time by rocking a stylish haircut and focusing on looking your best.

Take a Babymoon with Your Partner

Babymoons are a lot like honeymoons – plenty of time alone with your partner, focusing on one another and just enjoying the fun of being together. You can take an actual vacation to a destination that won’t work well for a young family if you like, or you can enjoy fun activities close to home. Life after baby arrives will require extra planning, so consider enjoying some spontaneity while you still can.

Party with Your Friends

You can’t enjoy cocktails like you used to, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a few more girls’ nights out, or from having a fun slumber party with your friends. Your most important friendships will remain strong after baby arrives, but there will be more demands on your time and energy, making it tough to connect on the same level. Have some fun and make some memories!

Sleep In

If you have time and feel up to it, enjoy sleeping in. Babies are notorious for waking their parents at all hours, so bask in the luxury of your bed every time you have the chance.

Sources:

https://www.idiva.com/photogallery-health/fun-activities-to-do-when-pregnant/1592

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/recreation/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/anitabadejo/women-are-amazing?utm_term=.wcNjOxJnX#.ge5z5reMv

http://pregnancyandbaby.com/the-hatch-blog/articles/929411/six-activities-for-1st-time-pregnant-women-to-try

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/exercise-during-pregnancy/

Getting Your Family Ready for Halloween

Summer has settled, school is in swing, and fall has officially begun. Now that October is here, it’s time to start gearing up for Halloween. Planning for holidays can be fun, but it can also be cumbersome. As a busy mom, it’s easy to forget a few details. Here you’ll find an all-encompassing, step-by-step guide to prepare you and your family for Halloween.

Check the Calendar

Halloween falls on October 31st every year, but do you know what day of the week that is? For the record, this year, it’s a Tuesday. How might that change things? Mothers with young children have to consider a late night followed by an early school morning. Will that affect whether or not you let your child go trick-or-treating or attend a party? If so, check to see if there are any local community events over the preceding weekend that your child could experience instead. Great examples include trunk-or-treats in church parking lots or mall-sponsored giveaways. Also glance at the calendar to check for any events related to Halloween that take place within the weeks prior. Is the school having a Harvest Festival, and if so, do you need to set aside time to volunteer? Is there a costume contest you need to be aware of and prepare for in advance? Staying organized with your calendar will prevent last-minute panics. You don’t want to get caught on your heels or in a bind for procrastinating.

Act Early

Just like any holiday, the best practice is to act early. With a hectic schedule, this is much easier said than done. Try to do things little by little so you won’t feel so overwhelmed when you wind up decorating moments before trick-or-treaters start knocking on your door. Get those decorations down sooner than later, and slowly start putting things out as you have time. It’ll help your children get in the spirit and will lighten the burden by spacing it out. Going to the pumpkin patch is one of the best fall events to do as a family. If you wait too long, the best finds might be picked over—and the prices may be dramatically higher. Hold off on actually carving the pumpkins until the week of Halloween to avoid rot and decay, but secure your pieces early. Or, skip all the mess altogether and opt for alternative crafts instead. Be sure to avoid heading to the costume store with only a few days to spare. The selections and sizing are sure to be limited.

Pick Your Costumes

Decide whether you intend to buy new costumes this year, upcycle previous years’, or make something yourself. Setting a budget will make this decision easier. If you do plan to buy, consider using online retailers to save you time and money. Shopping online will allow you to compare prices and browse ideas. Give your child autonomy and let them exercise their own choice instead of choosing something on their behalf. As for yourself, jumpsuits make excellent choices for Halloween costumes for women. These onesies are easy, comfortable, and reusable as pajamas all year long. If you have toddlers or newborns, picking family-themed costumes are a fun way to stand out in the neighborhood. Some examples include the circus – with a ring leader, clown, and lion – or Disney cast members.

Stay Safe

One of the most important things as a mother is to ensure the safety of your family. Halloween time presents new obstacles and hurdles to look out for with increased pedestrian traffic, increasingly darker nights, and spikes in neighborhood vandalism. Take the time to sit down with your children and teach them proper safety tips, such as using sidewalks and always crossing at corners. Before trick-or-treating, consider lining their tote bags with reflective tape, purchasing glow sticks to wear around their neck, or investing in other safety products. Make sure you trust the area and that your child is always with a buddy or under supervision.

Halloween is a lot more involved than it used to be. It’s not just a day, it’s a season. If you take the time at the beginning of the month to plan properly, you and your family will thank you for it later.

Tips for Caring for an Aging Parent

Watching our parents get older is never easy. The person who raised you, offered unconditional love, and served as a pillar of support now needs your help more than ever. If you’re caring for an aging parent, use these tips to help both of you through this journey.

Don’t Leave Your Job

When you discover your parent needs your help, it’s tempting to throw everything else to the wayside—especially in situations where you a short time left with them. While it’s understandable to want to spend as much time as possible with your elderly parent, you need to consider the consequences of leaving your job. If you no longer have an income, will you be able to cover care for your parent? If you have children, will you be able to fund schooling, housing, food, and college expenses?

If you intend to take a leave of absence, you need to rethink your lifestyle. If you work in an industry that’s tough to reenter, it may take months or years to reobtain your position. You should also consider your benefits. If your current position offers health insurance, what will you do without it? Before quitting or taking a leave of absence, be sure to talk with your employer and HR representative to consider all of your options.

Redefine Your Budget

If your parents haven’t set aside savings for end of life care, you’ll need to organize your budget and decide what you can afford. Seniors often deal with costly expenses, including medical care, in-home care, or facility costs. If you’re not sure you’ll be able to handle the costs that come with caring for an elderly parent, it’s time to do your research. Check out Medicare and Medicaid, and determine what your parents qualify for. Many assume these policies cover the bulk of expenses, but that’s not the case. It’s important to assess what you can afford, and use a budgeting app like Mint to stay on track.

Invest in a Medical Alert System

With a medical alert system, your parent is in good hands. The best systems are those that help you protect your parent both in and outside of the home. The medical alarm system by MobileHelp offers GPS tracking, which allows you to find your parent should they go missing. This is especially helpful if your loved one is struggling with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or similar memory challenges. Your parent can also call for help whenever they need it with the simple touch of a button. The peace of mind this small device provides is more than worth the investment, and the addition of a MobileHelp system may help your parent feel more secure when they’re alone.

Have the Tough Conversations

While your parents age, it’s important to have the tough conversations. You’ll need to breach uncomfortable topics including drafting a will and understanding what your parent wants if you end up with legal power over their estate. It’s also important to talk about funeral arrangements to make the process easier. Doing so ensures your parent’s wishes are honored in their burial or memorial service, and also helps you understand the financial aspects. The modern funeral costs an average of $9,000 and up, and it’s important to have a plan in place to cover this immense expenditure. Financial issues are the last thing you should be worried about during a time of grief, and having the details ironed out far in advance will help you avoid this frustration.

Consider the Benefits of Professional Help

Both you and your aging parent might prefer if you took on the role of caretaker, but that’s not always realistic. You have your own responsibilities, and it might be in the interest of both of you to hire a professional that can provide the care your parent needs. If you opt for professional care, your parent will likely ask to stay in their current home. While this can be one of the most expensive end of life care options, there are many services that can make in-home care a pleasant experience for both you and your parent.