At some point in our lives we may find that we have to take care of an elderly relative. It might be a parent, a friend or family member, but it is certainly something none of us can really prepare for. But as it can end up being such an important part of our lives, I thought I would share with you some of the ways that you could take care of an elderly person.
Could you adapt their home?
One of the first things you might want to consider is whether or not you can adapt their home. This might be in simple ways such as hand grips on the wall to help in rooms like the bathroom or getting around the home. Or it might be investing in something like a stair lift where it can help someone get up and down the stairs easier. Adaptations can be fitted quite easily and could allow someone who is struggling with their health keep their independence for as long as possible.
What about wearable technology and gadgets?
Sometimes elderly people are not as adverse to technology as we might believe, and often simple things like a watch or bracelet that reminds you to take medication or go to appointments could be just what it takes to keep them going. Other gadgets could be clocks with reminders around the home, helping them to remember small details like the day or the date.
Think about their future options
There comes a time when you might have to think about the future, and that could be anything from additional support workers visiting regularly to looking into care homes and seeing what options are out there. It might not be something you have to do straight away, but it is worth having the conversation with anyone involved to see what the general opinion and thoughts are.
Consider yours and their feelings
The one thing that often gets overlooked when it comes to taking care of someone else, especially someone older who perhaps once took care of you, is the emotions involved. It can be quite a strange dynamic to get used to at first, which is why you need to be sensitive to the other person’s feelings. Think before taking action and try and have their best interest at heart. On the flip side don’t forget this can be a difficult thing for you to go through as well, so ensure you consider your own emotions and take time to handle them in your own way.
Take care of yourself
Finally, make sure you do take care of yourself. Getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising maybe and generally looking after yourself means that you are in the best shape to take care of someone else. Do your best to not neglect yourself for others as you perhaps won’t be doing them any favours in the long run.
I hope that these tips help you to take care of someone elderly if needed in the future.