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How To Look After Your Elderly Relatives

Posted September 26, 2018 by Sue Prichard

When your relatives start to grow a little older, you will notice a lot of changes in the way they move their bodies, the way they talk and their ability to do everyday tasks like they used to. As we get older we can lose our senses, our muscles grow weaker and we can become more susceptible to illnesses,and often this is what happens to our relatives as they grow older. If you have an elderly relative to look after this year, here are some of the things you will want to do to make sure they are able to live a happy life.

Be patient – It is incredibly important if you are going to look after an elderly relative well that you are able to show them some patience. Sometimes they might become very forgetful and something you told them five minutes ago might go straight through their minds. Never get angry or frustrated with your elderly relatives because most of the time they simply can’t help being forgetful or losing track of things. Show them kindness always and work through things constructively.

Get them a companion- One of the things which can be particularly hard for an older member of your family is losing their partner and being alone for most of the time. If you know that your relative is great with animals and that they would appreciate the company, you could get them a cat or a dog to be their companion for the next few years of their life. Having a pet can give them purpose and make them feel needed and it will give them a big boost in confidence. You will be safe in the knowledge that they are never alone and that if nothing else, they have a furry friend to cuddle up to in the evenings.

Help them socialise – Socialising is important at any stage of life, but it is especially crucial when your family reaches a certain age and they struggle to do the same things that they used to do. If you can, get your relative to join a book club or a dance class and they will be able to make some great friends here who will make them happy and keep them feeling younger for longer. Also, make time out of your schedule to go and see them or at least give them a call once in a while to see how they are. Little gestures like this can go a long way and it will make your relative feel healthier and they will likely love longer as a result.

Hire a carer – If your relative struggles with everything in their life and the simplest task is an issue, you might want to think about hiring a career who will stay in house with your relative to keep them healthy and allow them to live a more independent life. It will save them having to move out of their home and into a care home and it will make them feel much happier overall in life.

Assisted living – For your relative who wants to be closer to other like minded people and needs a little more care than they can get at home, you can think about getting them into an assisted living facility where they can buy their own home to decorate and they will have a home care provider who will come and help them whenever they need assistance with anything. You can be safe in the knowledge that your relative is happy and that they are living the best possible life that they can in their own private house.

At home equipment – If your relative wants to on staying in their own house, one of the things you can do to make things easier for them is to bring in some mobility equipment and handy tools to the home. For example you can install a star lift for easy access up and down the stairs. Rails for the bathroom for support, a step-in bath, a recliner armchair and other things which can be used to make their life even just a little bit easier than it was before.

New hobbies – No one wants to be bored all the time, and when you have an elderly relative who is no longer working it can be easy for them to feel lonely and bored. Why not help them build an allotment in the back garden, join a team for bingo or start creating hand knitted items to sell online… any hobby is a good hobby and it will keep them happy for longer in life.

 

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