FOUR WAYS TO CARE FOR AN ELDERLY RELATIVE

FOUR WAYS TO CARE FOR AN ELDERLY RELATIVE

Hello, everyone!

Caring for an elderly relative isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary if you want them to continue to have the best quality of life possible. The good news is that you have options when it comes to attending to their needs.

Although you may be busy with your life, remain positive and hopeful you can find the right balance for everyone involved. Most importantly, take care of yourself, so you feel healthy and are able to give it your all when you’re with your relative. Take one day at a time and simply do your best so that you can be there for your loved one.

1. Find a care home

One idea is to find a care home that you both agree to and have them stay there, so there’s extra help available to them. Shop around together so you can find the best possible option given the circumstances so that they feel the most comfortable. The upside is that should they suffer negligence in a care home, you can get help from the professionals by contacting www.the-medical-negligence-experts.co.uk.

2. Get family members to help

Another way to care for an elderly relative is to get family members to pitch in and help too. This way you can come up with a rotating schedule and switch off duties and who’s in charge of what at the time. No one person will be responsible for dealing with all of the logistics and assisting your elderly relative. You can all work together to problem solve and make sure your loved one is being cared for properly at all times.

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3. Enroll them in an adult day program

When you get older, it’s easy to become less and less social and not get out of the house as often. What will help is if you enroll your elderly relative in an adult day program where they can keep occupied and meet other people. With this solution, you can also stay working at your day job and help with driving them to and from the facility and be there in the evening hours. This constant interaction and contact will help keep them healthy and engaged in life.

4. Maintain frequent contact

It’s crucial you keep an eye on your elderly relative’s mental and physical well-being as much as possible. Ensure you call them up on the phone or stop by to say hello. Take time to discuss sensitive topics with them related to finances, their health, and any legal issues. You being there for them will be extremely helpful as they age and need more help as time goes on. Offer to drive them to the pharmacy or pitch in around the house as ways to keep frequent contact as well.

How do you care for an elderly relative? Let us know in the comment section below.

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9 Comments

  1. Joline
    October 28, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    My elderly parents live with us and although it’s not always easy, knowing that they’re in a loving environment means a lot. We encourage them to be as active as possible.

  2. October 28, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    My mother in law was lucky to have lots of family near by. She was too cranky to leave her home!

  3. Ally Jones
    October 28, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. This means so much to me and I love all of the beautiful ways you articulated this.

  4. October 28, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    I haven’t had to deal with this yet, but these are great tips for when I do. My aunt and uncle live with my grandparents so I don’t have to worry about them right now.

  5. Kim
    October 29, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    These are some wonderful tips for when this time comes for me! It’s so important to give as much love and support for an elderly relative as possible!

  6. October 30, 2018 / 3:44 am

    These are great tips for places to start with such a touchy subject. Getting other family members to help share the burden is crucial. And sometimes, when an elderly relative is terminally ill, there really is no easy answer – you keep them at home because it’s what everyone wants, but that doesn’t make it any easier for those of us doing the caring.

  7. October 30, 2018 / 4:57 am

    Having an Adult Day car program sounds like a good thing for my parents. I know my parents need to keep active and I think it would be a good thing for them.

  8. October 30, 2018 / 6:03 am

    I haven’t come across this yet, but I’ll definitely keep this points in mind when the time comes. Great ideas, thanks for sharing.

  9. October 30, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    This is something I often think of, what to do when my parents will be older, for the time being they are still young (they’ve just got their retirement) but I live in another continent across the world and the situation is complicated!

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