Aging is a part of life that every one of us will go through. These days, we can age gracefully thanks to an increase in life expectancies and advancements in medical treatments.
Elderly people face feelings of isolation, boredom and loneliness which can take a toll on their mental and physical health. This should not be the case especially if they have family that can take care of them.
Taking care of our aging loved ones is an act of kindness, loyalty and love that goes a long way in improving their quality of life. In this article, we are going to look at how families can care for their aging loved ones and create memories with them.
How To Care For Aging Loved Ones:
1. Consider hiring a caregiver
These days, more people have become busy with work and other activities. The services of caregivers are very crucial for those who lack the time to visit their elderly parents or relatives more often.
Jane Byrne, project manager at a nursing home in Dublin, notes that, “Caregivers can help our aging loved ones with almost everything from health care assistance, chores to keeping them entertained and lively. Caregivers know what they need to do, and they care for seniors with utmost attention. Even if you are not physically with your aging loved ones all the time, it is essential that you ensure that they are being cared for.” Try to spend time with them as well when you can, and try to solidify your presence in their lives.
2. Encourage them to engage in community social gatherings
For aging loved ones living in suburban and urban areas, there are usually social gatherings for the elderly in the community. When they join these social groups it will help reduce their feelings of isolation, loneliness and boredom. This will provide them with essential social connections as well as help reduce their worry about their well being. When they interact with their peers, life becomes more fun, and it gives them a reason to look forward to the next day.
3. Maintain frequent contact
When you reach out to your aging loved ones, it is a way to maintain the bond between the two of you. Reaching out to the elderly members of your family has been much easier these days thanks to improvements in technology.
Try talking to them via a phone call or video call once or twice a month. Also, make it a habit to visit them regularly because no amount of calls or technology can be more beneficial than in-person visits. See how they are fairing, and bond with them. Your time and presence are very important for them.
4. Teach and encourage them to use modern technology
Teach your parents, grandparents or other elderly relatives how to use modern technology such as smartphones or video chats. This comes in handy for two reasons. First, it helps you maintain a connection with them thus improving your relationship. Secondly, knowledge of modern technology will enable them to get help in the case of an emergency or accident.
Through technology, they can reduce the feelings of boredom and isolation by even interacting with new people on social media sites. Technology will give both of you lots of fun times together and can be instrumental in making them feel happy and cared for.
Contributed by: Holly Shaw
About Fairfield Family Care:
Fairfield Family Care is an agency that understands how difficult it is to get care while having COVID.
That is why we have a group of 15 caregivers that work specifically with COVID patients.
We at Fairfield Family Care can assist in your need for quality home care for you or your loved one or respite relief for family caregivers. We can provide care for just a few hours a day, a few days a week, or 24-hour live-in care if needed. We assist clients with a full range of needs from basic laundry, healthy meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and errands, to advanced personalized care. Regardless of the amount of assistance your need, we provide top-quality care and our caregivers are trained in Dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care.
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All our caregivers are insured, bonded, and go through strenuous background checks to ensure the most reliable care possible. You deserve a diligent and sincere caregiver to help meet your needs. Let us find the most suitable caregiver and begin assisting you today.
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