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5 Ways to Assist Elderly Loved Ones with Their Daily Lives

It is a bittersweet time for many people; as their parents get older, they can become more vulnerable and may be a bit more dependent on them while also trying to be as stubborn as possible to maintain their independence.

As loved ones grow older, they may face challenges in their daily lives that they did not have to think about before. As family members, it is essential to provide assistance and support to ensure their wellbeing.

What are some of the best ways to do this? This article answers that question and explores five tips on how you can help your elderly loved ones in their daily lives.

Provide Transportation 

Driving can become more challenging for an older person and many elderly individuals may no longer feel comfortable driving. You or another family member can offer to provide transportation for necessary appointments, errands, or social events. This will help them to maintain their independence and social connections. Maintaining these is also an important thing to consider if your loved one is in a care home, such as Signature Care Homes, as this will help them to get out and about and maintain their social lives.

Assist with Household Chores 

As someone ages, it can become more challenging to keep up with daily household chores. So, to help out, you can offer to help with tasks such as laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, and cooking meals. These small gestures can make an enormous difference in their daily routine and help them maintain a clean and healthy living environment.

Assist with Medication Management

Keeping track of medications can become complicated, especially if multiple prescriptions are involved. Offer to help manage medications by organizing pillboxes or setting reminders for when to take medication. This can prevent missed doses and ensure that medications are handled correctly.

Medication tracking can also be helpful if there is an emergency trip to a hospital and your loved one cannot remember the medications that they are taking. Having the medications committed to memory will help to prevent any potentially harmful medication interactions, which will keep them healthy and happy.

Spend Quality Time Together 

As people become older, it can become more difficult for them to get out and participate in social activities. Take the time to visit your loved ones and engage in activities that they enjoy, such as playing board games, going for reasonable walks, or watching a favourite movie. This can provide them with companionship and help prevent feelings of loneliness or isolation.

Of course, you should also be encouraging them to form their own social connections with people in their own age group, which is easier if they live in supported living or a care home.

Encourage Healthy Habits 

Encourage your loved ones to maintain healthy habits such as regular gentle exercise, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep. Offer to participate in these activities together or provide resources such as healthy meal options or exercise programs that they can do at home. These habits can help improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Also, research has shown that maintaining a healthy diet can help to stave off dementia or to slow it down if there is already a diagnosis of it.


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