How To Take Better Care Of An Elderly Family Member?

If you are planning on taking care of an elderly relative around the clock, temporarily or permanently, then here are a few valuable tips for you…

Know what it entitles

If this is your first time taking care of someone, or the first time you are taking care of an elderly person, you might not actually know what the “job” entitles. Wading in without proper prior knowledge generally results in you feeling overwhelmed, and doing a pretty bad job at juggling your other responsibilities and taking care of them. Talk to someone with more knowledge or experiences in taking care of the elderly. Ask them for tips and suggestions that worked for them. Know what is to be expected (like unfair anger from those you take care of) so that it doesn’t surprise you.

Change your home according to their needs

Depending on how elderly and fragile they are, you might have to do a few changes in your home. Things like installing a baby monitor in their room, or installing a sling for the bathroom or shower can be less complicated and mostly inexpensive; while installing residential lifts (if they use a wheelchair) might be a little more expensive¾but it all depends on your budget. You might also want to teach your children not to leave toys lying around, because they might trip or slip on them, resulting in broken bones. Check out more here 

Do a thorough research on their medical history

While you are doing your research on home lifts prices and figuring out if it’s manageable within your budget, it’s also a good idea to do a thorough research on your “patient”. As their caregiver, you should know everything related to their medical history; in case of an emergency. Keep all medical records and tests in proper order so that you may pull them out or consult them at any given moment. Even simple things like vaccinations they’ve taken as a child is important to know of.

Understand that patience is more than required

When it comes to taking care of the elderly, one very important requirement is patience. Things are not going to be easy; so you should learn to weather things as it comes. It’s harder to do than you think, so forgive yourself if you slip up or get frustrated with your loved ones. More often than not, your elderly probably knows they are being difficult, but might be stubborn; simply because they too are fed up with the situation. The key is to treat them like children (with care and delicateness); but to make sure you leave them with their dignity, and if possible, their independence.