Four Tips For Caring For An Elderly Loved One

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Taking care of an elderly loved one can very a very rewarding experience.  Some people have always planned on caring for a loved one once they age, and others have had the responsibility thrust upon them by surprise.  It doesn’t matter what reasons lead you to becoming responsible for a senior citizen, either way proper care will take a lot of work.  It’s normal for some people to feel a little nervous or even overwhelmed about the level of responsibility they’ve taken on.  Each caregiving experience is unique, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that the process goes well for both you and your loved one.

 

Keep Them Social

 

Social interaction is important for everybody’s emotional and mental health, and it becomes even more crucial as we age.  If your elderly loved one is healthy enough to have visitors, encourage them to see friends and family members during the week.  It doesn’t have to be a big event or involve a lot of people; simply talking to a friend in person can do wonders to help their mood and general outlook.  Be sure to check with your local community center and senior care facilities to see if they have any activities planned that your loved one would be interested in.

 

Get Others Involved

 

When it comes to care taking, no one person should have all of the responsibility of caring for an elderly loved one.  Traditionally many people expect the children of an elderly person to care for them, but other members of the family can also be asked to help out if they’re able to do so.  Having more people involved doesn’t just make caregiving easier for the person with primary responsibility; it also helps show your loved one that they still have a lot of people who care about them and want to spend time with them.

 

Stay In Contact With Doctors

 

While staying on top of medical needs is tricky, it can be even harder if the person you’re caring for is still independent.  Make sure that you speak with their doctors after every visit they have to ensure that you’re aware of their state of their health.  Also be sure that you have their physicians’ contact information readily available in case there is an emergency.

 

Listen

 

You may be responsible for caring for them, but the person you’re caring for still can have opinions on how they’re being cared for.  It can be easy for care takers to always assume that they know what is best for the person they’re caring for, but if your loved one is still coherent and able to communicate you should listen to what they have to say about how they’re being cared for.  Whether they’re talking about their adult diaper being uncomfortable or saying that it’s too cold in the room, be sure to listen to them and take their opinions seriously.

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