As your elderly loved one continues to age, things will change. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you will have to start all over again. It’s a situation where you have to adapt to changes and you can’t always predict when they’ll happen.
Caregiving for an elderly person has been sometimes compared to caregiving for a child. However, there’s actually a lot of differences between the two. Even though they both need care because they are at a stage where they can’t do everything for themselves, they are evolving towards a different result. A child is constantly learning, growing, and doing more things as time goes by. With an aging adult, they are slowly able to do less as time goes by.
How can elderly care help?
As your loved one starts to require more care and you are busy with family, career and personal matters you might not be able to continue full time caregiving. Elderly care fits perfectly into your lifestyle to meet your needs. Whether you only need a few hours weekly for some respite care or you want to hire elderly care full time, there are expert loving caregivers waiting to meet your loved one.
Helping the elderly help themselves
It’s always a good idea to encourage your elder to do as much for herself or himself as possible. It helps them retain the feeling of independence longer. Instead of automatically offering, let me get that for you or let me do that for you, wait to see how much of the task they want to do themselves and then you can help with the remainder.
Encourage mental exercises and brain activities to help your elder keep a sharp mind for a longer time. Some people think that crossword puzzles will do the trick. While these are helpful and enjoyable to most people, the mental exercises should be a lot more varied than that. Perhaps she could learn a new song or a new language. How about playing memory games? Writing poetry or painting to some classical music are all good brain exercises.
The elderly person needs to exercise and stay fit just as much as anyone else does. In fact it’s crucial to stay healthy because it helps to prevent falls and keeps their body disease resistant for a longer period of time.
As long as you are flexible and know that things will change, it won’t be as stressful when they do change. Your best strategy is planning for the future and staying organized. If you know your elder is soon going to need more help at home, start making plans now so you feel like everything’s under control and operating smoothly.