Six essential steps to take with an elderly loved one
As you age, you face a major decline in your cognitive and physical skills; this is the reason an elderly person needs to be taken care of more than anyone else. Here we will discuss the six essential steps to take with an elderly loved one. Have a look at them:
Prioritize their needs and wants
The first thing that you should do is prioritize the needs and wants of your elderly loved one. You can make a list of whatever you think is important related to your elders, including all the issues that need to be fixed or otherwise handled. Set up your schedule according to this list, make time for the things that need to be accomplished right now, and you can delay the things that can wait.
Take care of their safety
The safety of elder people is one of the very important things; it is that one thing which needs to be highlighted the most. Consider this your job to keep your elder one safe and sound. All the things that are a concern for the safety should be your priority.
Communication with your loved one and the rest of the family
Good communication is the key to a happy relationship, and it includes the relationship with your elders as well especially parents. Your elderly loved ones not just require safety but your attention as well. You should set a time in the middle of the day when you can sit together and have a nice chit chat. It will elevate their mood and will make them feel more loved and cared. It will surely leave a very good mark on their psychological health.
Proper medication is essential for health
In the old age, there are lots of health issues that your loved ones may suffer from, for example, low bone density, muscle weakness, symptoms of dementia and related health problems. It is a must for you to take care of their medications especially the daily dose of multi-vitamins that all the elderly people must take. Proper medication is the necessary step towards the health of the elderly individual. Old age is all about forgetfulness and weak memory so you should make sure that the medication is on time.
A team for now and later
You should consider all the people around that are reliable and can take the responsibility of your elderly loved one in the case you are away due to any reason. Having a backup plan for each and every thing is the best thing. But for this, you must confirm that the person you are leaving your elderly loved one with, is trustworthy.
Add fun activities to the daily ritual
Your elderly loved one may feel bored staying all day at home so you should make a proper arrangement for this and add fun activities to their daily ritual so that they don’t feel bored when you are not around. Buy them a television so that they can watch programs of their choice in their free time. You can also make a mini library at home.
All these steps are essential to take if you have an elderly loved one at home. I hope this article helps. Stay safe!
This post is written by Chris Palmer who is a comedian and a public speaker.
He has got a lot of valuable information about dementia and elderly care.
He regularly blogs at https://www.agespace.org/