8.08.2019

Caring For Your Older Relatives

It’s not always easy to handle your relatives getting older. For years, you relied on them to take care of you, and now it’s the other way around. Many older people also find it difficult to reach out for help when they’re struggling, so you’ll often find that you need to provide help, even when you haven’t been asked. 

From helping out in small ways to providing them with greater care, here are some of the things you can do to help care for your older relatives and help them stay happy and healthy.

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Check in on them

It’s easy to hide the truth over the phone, so it’s important that you check in on your older relatives from time to time to make sure that everything is alright. If they’re managing to keep their home clean, are cooking for themselves and are able to carry on with other tasks and chores, then there shouldn’t be much to worry about. Keep a close eye on them in case anything changes, and make sure you’re familiar with the warning signs that your older relatives need help.

Keep their nutrition up

Our nutritional needs change throughout our lives, and it’s important to make sure that older people are getting the right nutrition. Some of the nutrients that older people need include calcium, vitamin B12 and folic acid, as well as foods that help them boost their energy and maintain strength. Making sure that they eat the right foods is important, so why not invite them over for dinner regularly to help them enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal, with some leftovers they can take home too?

Make sure they’ve got everything they need

If you know that an older relative needs some help around the home, make sure they’ve got everything that they need. From essential medication to home modifications that can aid their mobility, you can make sure that all of those things are in place. For older relatives who require medical care, make sure that you order essential items like dressings, a catheter and other supplies that can help them to get the care they need. If you can, talk to any medical staff or health workers who can advise you on any other items they might need in the home.

Help to ease loneliness

Many older people can feel lonely, and this isolation can be worse than any medical condition they might experience. Helping them to get out of the house and meet some new people can be a good way to help them feel less lonely, as well as making sure that they stay fit and active. Even if you live far away, regular phone calls can make a big difference to their day. Help them to stay connected to the outside world and to make the most of the opportunities around them.

Helping your older relatives is important - you’ll be old yourself one day! There are some health issues you might not be expecting as you age, which can be difficult to deal with when it’s your own family. Do your part to help your older relatives, and make sure other members do the same - it’s important to take care of the ones we love.


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