17 Ideas For How To Better Support An Elderly Relative Or Neighbour

17 Ideas For How To Better Support An Elderly Relative Or Neighbour

When it comes to supporting an elderly relative or neighbour, it’s not easy to see past the basics. Unfortunately, not all elderly people get the support they need, so here are some of the ideas that may help you. Weekly shopping – Helping with the weekly shop can be as simple as writing a list, or picking up a few bits here, and there are on your way to visit. Transport and time are going to be a great help for this.Help update home – Sometimes things around the home can become a little bit more difficult for the older generation. This can be the stairs, appliances, and even the way things are and how things are laid out. Hiring some help with this from a company such as Veejay’s Renovations will help. Maintenance – Sometimes just changing a light bulb, or fixing a squeaky door handle come in the world to your relative or neighbour. Things aren’t as easy as they used to be for them, so offering to help with these small all fixes can mean the world.Cooking a meal – Obviously, your meal isn’t going to be as good as the ones your friend or relative can make, but it will save time and energy for that person and will be much appreciated. Why not make them a cake by surprise?Bring entertainment – Entertainment comes in many forms from books, to DVDs, to old comics. bringing along some items that will put a smile on your older relative’s face is a worthwhile task.Listen to stories – Many elderly people have lots of stories to tell, so sitting down and taking time to listen to them, will not only help them feel less lonely but will educate you at the same time no doubt Take them on an outing – Picking up your elderly neighbour and taking them on a short outing, even if it’s just to the shop, will really break up the day and help with their independence.Check safety – Sometimes elderly people have memory loss, which means they may cause a little bit after danger to themselves. This can be just as simple as forgetting that the iron is plugged in, so when you do visit cast your eyes around to check for safety is a great idea.Appointments – Make an appointment and taking your elderly relative to them, is a great way to support them. Add on a trip to a coffee shop, and you will really have made the day better.Walk their dog – If your friend or relative has a pet dog, then walking then may not be as easy as it used to be for them. This small gesture could go a long way since pets are high on the list of priorities for most. Take out the rubbish – Taking the rubbish out for your elderly neighbour every week maybe a small effort on your part but could really make a difference to that person Gardening – Getting the hedge cutter out and taking a few rogue sprigs out of the equation will really help your elderly friend or family member. Paint their nails – This is a luxury that not all elderly people can afford on small pensions, but all it takes is a pot of nail polish and a bit of time and patience. Play a game – Get a deck of cards out and have a game or two, you might learn a few things and improve your own game by learning from experience. Make a cup of tea – Sometimes a cup of tea and biscuits is all that your elderly friend or neighbour can stomach. Going in and making a cuppa now and again will make a big difference.  Hoover – Hoovering is something that is required quite often, no matter how busy your home is. Just running the hoover around when you’re visiting might be a great help. A simple telephone call – Ultimately many elderly people are happy just to receive a phone call to check how they are because at the end of the day they have plenty of plans usually, and don’t want a lot of fuss.

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