One of the best ways to give something back to our parents and grandparents is to care for them as they enter their older years. It’s only right to give some time to care for those who gave up so much looking after you and bringing you up. However, caring for elderly relatives can be very tiring and stressful for everyone involved. And it is also something that many people neglect to do. So, hopefully, the following tips can help many people out. Those who are currently struggling to care for old relatives, and those who are new to it.
Help Battle Loneliness
Loneliness is rife among the older community. If your relative lives alone, it is always worth visiting them as much as possible. If you are unable to fit visits into your schedule, or you live too far away, give them a phone call as often as possible. This will give them the chance to chat with someone and will also remind them that they have a friend who they can rely on.
Equip The Home
Sometimes certain equipment can make it easier for elderly people to live in their homes. Things like handrails on stairways and walk-in showers can make everyday tasks much easier for them to manage on their own. There is also some safety equipment that can be installed to make them feel safe in their own home. An emergency alarm should be fitted. This way, they can alert you if they have a fall or something goes wrong.
Chores And Small Jobs
As we get older, carrying out chores and small maintenance jobs can really take it out of us. Helping your elderly relatives with these can be a big weight off their mind. Do their grocery shopping for them so that they don’t have to carry heavy bags. Clean their home for them once a week. Fix any small issues with their plumbing or household appliances. Taking care of these small tasks can make a big difference.
If your relatives still feel up to going to their weekly clubs and meetups, offer to drive them there. This will save them a long walk or bus ride. Helping them with transport also means that you will know that they have safely got to their destination. And that’s one less thing you will need to worry about!
Comfortable End-Of-Life Care
If your relative is ending their final stage of life, it is important to make them as comfortable and happy as possible. More often than not, this will require you to organize some palliative care. This can usually be arranged for in their own home or at a hospital. Through this time, you will need to keep their mood up so that they have relatively happy end to their life. If possible, try to keep the pain down to a minimum. Speak to your family doctor about the different pain relief available for those coming to the end of their life.
Hopefully, these tips will help you care for and bond with your elderly relatives.