Having a close family member or friend of old age is a blessing. They can offer great memories, make your life richer, and are generally appreciative of having someone to listen and help them. If you’re not sure where to start, here are five things you can do to help.
1. Visit with Them
Whether they live in a nursing home or on their own, visiting with aged loved ones is beneficial to both of you. By regularly visiting them, you’ll create a relationship based on trust and understanding that leads to a real connection. They often have wisdom to offer that can only be gained through living, and you may be surprised how good you both feel after your visits.
2. Assist with Basic Errands
Elderly folks usually have trouble performing basic tasks like carrying heavy grocery bags or performing home maintenance, they may even have trouble walking. By helping them get what they need and maintain a safe home environment, you can ensure that they’ll be living comfortably. And everyone appreciates a little help.
3. Help Them Find Social Outlets
People live longer if they have friends, and sharing common interests with others is a great way to make new ones. Many communities and senior centers offer arts and craft classes, book clubs, and social groups for elderly people. If they’re hesitant or feel shy, helping them to find an activity they enjoy can introduce them to people who enjoy the same things, creating social interactions that will bring joy and companionship.
4. Assist with Medical Needs
Many elderly people are on regular medical regiments and require daily medication. By helping them set up a system that will ensure they’re safely managing these things will make them feel that you truly care about their well-being. Consider ordering a medical identification bracelet. These bands contain life-saving information like medical history and allergies so first responders can have all pertinent information on hand immediately. You can’t always be there and medical emergencies happen.
5. Encourage Them to Get Their Legal Documents in Order
It’s a basic fact that everyone dies, and having things like power of attorney, medical proxy and wills in place ensure that your loved one’s passing will not leave others with confusing questions or strife. Many people are afraid to face their mortality, but encouraging them to have their ducks in a row can help them feel less anguish about the possibility of passing.
Caring for an elderly loved one can bring you both closer, and helps them to feel loved and secure. You’ll feel good about yourself knowing that you’ve helped them to enjoy their life to the very end.