The natural process of aging is a gift that is bestowed upon all of us from the day we are born We come into the world as this tiny bundle of joy with a long lease on life, with so many years to grow into the people that we yearn to become an opportunity to fulfill our ambitions in life. When we are young, we find it difficult to imagine transforming from this youthful, independent burst of energy into the more mature, frail, and dependent person that unfortunately we are all destined to become.
It’s true – age is an element of life that we simply cannot avoid. Some of us choose to seek out ways to prolong the process of aging including specially formulated skin creams, applying radiant, vibrant colorants to our hair, with some even going down the route of cosmetic surgery to disguise our true aged identities. We may be able to attempt to hide the years that we have spent on the earth on the outside, however as we age, it is not only our exterior appearance that fades; our inside also takes the toll that each year brings, and that is something no product or invention can conceal (although eating healthy and looking after our well-being can definitely help)!
There Comes a Time When We Must Accept Help
It is inevitable, with age comes issues. As we approach the later stages of life, our grandparents, parents and eventually ourselves [further down the line], must learn to depend on the support and kindness of others. We will all be faced with the difficult choice of which element of care is best for our loved ones, whether that be providing care at home or calling on the help and assistance of a nursing home. We must allow realization to set in and accept that certain tasks in life are simply no longer within our grasp and that the care of another is something we must accept and welcome with open arms.
For anyone, the prospect of taking care of an elderly family member or any other human being, for that matter, can be incredibly daunting and overwhelming, especially when you have no experience within the caring field. It can also be extremely difficult to put your trust in others to provide the correct care to the ones closest to our hearts, especially when we constantly hear of the endless horrific reports of nursing home neglect that shocks us to our core!
It certainly would not be normal if we didn’t worry about the welfare of our loved ones, as we know the world today can be a terrible place at times. The well-being of the elderly is truly so important and by making sure to take care of the more mature residents that grace our lives, we can provide them with the best quality of life possible, making the final stages of their life comfortable and happy. Here are some essential elements for you to consider in order to provide the right care for the elderly people of today, whether that be aged care services and facilities, or something different.
Provide Care in the Comfort of Their Home if Possible
By staying in the home that they have spent their lives in and made so many great and happy memories, you can provide your loved one with so much joy. However, we all know it can be incredibly difficult to commit 24-hours a day to look after an elderly relative. This is why care providers’ outside of the family are available to take on some of the strain and can be scheduled to pop in and out of your relative’s home, on a regular basis throughout the day.
Transform Home into a Safer Place
It is essential when caring for the elderly in the vicinity of their home, that safe and necessary changes are made throughout. Adapt the home into a safer environment, eliminating any causes for disaster, as all changes, large or small can be the difference between safety and a nasty accident, landing them in hospital. For instance, create more space within the household, removing unneeded, excess furniture that could be a menace in causing a trip or fall, resulting in an accident. Get specific aiding equipment fitted such as grab bars in the bathroom and shower, and anti-scald systems fitted to ensure no danger of falls or serious burn injuries. Also, be sure to invest in anti-slip flooring like specific mats designed for non-slip and remove any trip hazards such as loose wires.
Keep Communication Open
It is essential that you keep communication open and keep track of the elderly person that you are caring for. A device such as a mobile phone can give you peace of mind so that you can get into contact with them at any time. Making a call every couple of hours ensuring that everything is fine will put your mind at ease, and knowing that they can get in touch with you when they may be in need is also a huge weight lifted from your shoulders.
Include Them in Decision Making and in Social Activities
Give the elderly person the chance to put in their input, allowing them to help make decisions on the aspects of care they wish to receive. Isolation can be a huge cause of emotional turmoil for elderly people and can even cause serious health conditions, that is why it is so important to include them in as many social activities as possible, as well. Try and take them out on regular outings and maybe get them involved in social gatherings outside of their home with other elderly people. Influx a little regular exercise, maybe a weekly round of golf, or encourage them into joining the local walking group. Provide them with the opportunity to have an active role within the family or the community, which will give them that sense of independence they long for.
Take Care When Administering Medication
As people get older they can sometimes become easily confused and start to lose their vision, making it simple for them to mix up their medication or take extra doses. You can help prevent medication hiccups by setting out their drugs correctly for the day or labeling medication in bold, leaving specific instructions of when they are to be taken.
Yes, knowing that we are providing the correct care for the elders of today can give us the reassurance that we are giving those in need the best quality of life that is humanly possible. It is so important to provide comfort, happiness, and that little touch of independence that allows our loved ones to live out the rest of their golden years with joy and dignity.