Returning The Favor: Taking Care Of Your Elderly Relativesrelationships
How To Care For Your Elderly Relatives
They looked after you for years as you were growing up. Now it’s time to repay the favor. As our parents and other relatives age, they might need a little extra attention from us. Many of them don’t like to admit it. It’s not nice to grow weaker and need help with things that you used to be able to do for yourself. But everyone could do with a helping hand every now and again. Here are some top tips when it comes to caring for your elderly relatives.
Whether near or far, you should always check up on your older loved ones. Give them a call at least once a week. Daily would be preferable. After all, this shouldn’t be a chore. It’s nice to talk to the ones that you love.
ake sure that they’re fine. It’s always nice to hear a friendly voice on the other end of the phone and could really make their day. Also, make sure to visit. If you live far apart, this might be on special occasions and holidays. If you live near, make this much more regular. Pop in for a cup of tea and a chat. Pick them up for a day out somewhere you all enjoy. These experiences will bring you all closer as a family.
Help With Appointments
We’re used to jumping in the car or onto public transport when we need to get to an appointment. But it’s not so easy for everyone. As people age, they become less mobile and often more forgetful. If your relative has an appointment, mark it down on your calendar so you can give them a friendly reminder as it approaches.
If they need a lift and you’re not doing anything, go pick them up. You could go for a nice coffee or drink after and they’ll greatly appreciate your time and effort. If you can’t help with lifts, you might like to consider arranging non-emergency medical transport or a taxi for them.
Some people with specialist needs and requirements may need to be taken to a home for the elderly. These are often referred to as nursing homes. Some are better than others, so make sure that everything is in order with the place that your relative is staying. Check out reviews and take a look around yourself. An example of a lovely place for the elderly to live is this nursing facility.
Help with moving. Some people will have lived in the same home for years and will have a lot of belongings to whittle down and pack. This can be difficult as you age and are weaker. Also, ensure that your relative is happy with where they are now living. Check in on them, visit and ensure they have everything that they could want.
Some people don’t want to go into a Nursing Home but get lonely on their own at home. A solution for this might be to build an annex on the side of your home. This is essentially a mini home that a loved one can live in and be in close proximity with their family without being in your own home.
Our Elderly Relatives did their part and we should do ours. I hope these tips help you.