As old age starts to kick in, older folks need more attention since it becomes harder for them to do many things independently. Their loved ones have to ensure that their needs are looked after to ensure they do not strain too much. Medication, healthy eating, and hygiene are some of the activities they need but lack the energy to do.
Constant support and care increase their lifespan by improving their health and helps them live happily knowing someone cares for them. Here is a list of five things that we can do to improve the lives of older loved ones:
- Stay in touch.
Establish a suitable communication method that your older loved one is comfortable using. Always check in frequently to remind them to take their medication and hear how they feel. Without constant communication, they may feel left out and fall into depression leading to poor health.
Ensure coordinated family visits to the elderly to closely connect with them and monitor their physical and mental state. Always try to engage them in fun activities and small talk as much as possible. A nature walk with friends or family is a great way to exercise.
- Schedule monthly services.
The convenience of shipping products directly to the consumer can help older people attain a better quality of life. For instance, a cat litter subscription prevents older cat owners from handling heavy boxes at the store and lugging them up the steps. Grocery delivery, cleaning services, and monthly packages of games and puzzles are other options to consider.
- Hire a home caregiver.
Hire a full-time or daytime caregiver depending on the needs of the elder. The caregiver will ensure the elder’s needs are met and contact the doctor in case of an emergency. The caregiver ensures the elder is well-taken care of; they take medicine on time and eat a balanced diet prescribed by the doctor. Engaging with the caregiver keeps the brain active and avoids the feeling of loneliness.
- Keep them occupied.
When the brain is kept busy, it helps prevent memory loss as they age. Preparing a simple meal, playing with a grandchild or pet, and taking a nature walk are suitable activities that will help them remain active and vibrant. A daily routine is an excellent way to balance these activities. If they want to visit a neighbor or a park, help them do what makes them happy. The goal is to ensure they remain happy and forget things that may lead them to depression.
- Good healthcare.
Always ensure their health needs are met as soon as any sickness symptoms start to appear. Technological devices like PERS “Personal Emergency Response Systems” and home sensors are beneficial. Recent PERS devices will automatically call for help when they detect a fall. The home sensors track the elder’s daily activities and notify the family when there is a significant change in these activities, like less movement. The sensors help identify signs of illness early.
Helping our older loved ones may seem complicated, but with good planning and organization, it becomes effortless, and everyone can go about their jobs without constant worrying.