We all know just how much family means to each other so having to watch someone grow old can be heart breaking. It is because of this that many are opting to look after their family member within their own home as the thought having to place them into a home being taken care of others is daunting. Having said that if you are in this position then take a read through this to get a few tips.
The first thing you need to consider is if your home is safe for the elderly. This may sound patronising however it is common knowledge that when we get older our body gets fragile and cannot complete even simple tasks that we may used to. Therefore it is important to make sure your house is safe for your family member by installing items such is locks on doors if your family member has dementia or stair-lift if their movement is impaired.
When we get older it can be a lot easier to develop illnesses and taking care of someone that is ill does not always work within a home due to issues such as sterility and medical applications that have to be done by trained staff. Though fear not if you still want to look after your family member there is professional help still available.
Keeping an elderly person active is always important, as they often seem to just clock out after the fact that they have little to do. Also it is important to show that they have friends and family and to interact with them as growing old can obviously be lonely. This could eventually lead to other conditions such as a depression and anxiety as opposed to keeping them healthy which is the goal.
Try make your home more…homely. Having to move in with a family member can difficult, especially when relinquishing that little control that they have left. To try and ease the transition try to surround your home with some of the items from their previous home and they may not feel so left out.
Try to accommodate for their condition. Living with a disability can be difficult and requires the help of those around us. Though we can make things easier by using the right equipment such as dementia clocks which help them to keep track and not get lost.
Its lovely to have a family that cares and that don’t stop when we get into our age. In fact we all hope the best out of our family and that they will take care of us. It is important for everyone to know that all is not lost, whether you are taken care of or being taken care of.