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Caring for an elderly family member can be a rewarding yet challenging experience. As our loved ones age, the elderly needs and wants may change, requiring thoughtful consideration and adaptation. Understanding their evolving requirements is essential for providing the best care possible. This guide aims to help you navigate the unique needs and desires of your elderly loved one, making their golden years more comfortable and enjoyable.

Elderly Needs and Wants

There are many ways that you can help your elderly loved one to feel more needed and the senior care providers can give your elderly loved one tasks to keep them busy.  If you can get your loved one to feel more needed it could reduce their stress and anxiety levels. It could help to reduce the risk of depression and loneliness, as well.  

Physical Well-being

Taking care of your loved one’s health is like being their wellness superhero! Regular health check-ups are our secret weapon for spotting and stopping potential health villains in their tracks. To make this mission even more super, grab a pill organizer and create a medication schedule – think of it as their very own hero toolkit. Set alarms on their phone to give them a friendly nudge when it’s time to take their meds. And for keeping tabs on their overall well-being, start a health journal

. It’s like a sidekick that helps track symptoms, doctor appointments, and any changes in their condition. Together, we’re on a mission to keep them feeling their absolute best!

Now, let’s dive into the delicious part: maintaining a balanced diet! Whip up nutritious meals tailored to their tastes and dietary needs, creating a rainbow on their plate with a mix of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins. And here’s a fun tip: make those meals pop with color using vibrant plates—it’s like a visual feast that encourages a healthy appetite!

Let’s keep those joints moving! Encourage some fun and easy exercises that match your loved one’s abilities. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll around the block or some seated stretches, staying active can do wonders for their strength and flexibility. And hey, let’s make sure their living space is like a safety zone – clear of any pesky obstacles that could cause a tumble. So, let’s roll up those rugs and declutter those hallways to keep things smooth sailing! Oh, and don’t forget to check out some chair exercises or gentle stretching routines – they’re like little bursts of energy that keep the body feeling fantastic.

Emotional Support

It’s no secret that loneliness can take a toll on mental health. Let’s spice up your loved one’s routine with some social zest! Encourage them to spend quality time with family, dive into community groups, or explore new hobbies. And guess what? Even if your favorite cousin lives miles away, technology is here to save the day! Schedule regular virtual calls or family visits, ensuring those heartwarming connections remain strong. Plus, consider nudging them to join local senior centers or hobby groups to share interests and create even more joy-filled moments.

Some people, when they get older, feel like people don’t need them as much. For example, you may have always called your elderly loved one for advice on finances in the past. However, now that they are getting older, you might decide to call someone who is more knowledgeable about newer financial programs. With this being said, your elderly loved one might feel like you don’t need them. The good news is that there are some ways that you can help your elderly loved one to feel more needed.

  • Doing Chores: If you want to help your elderly loved one to feel more needed, you or the senior care provider can have them do chores around the house. There are various things that your elderly loved one might still be able to do. For instance, if your loved one can’t do the dishes, they might still be able to sit and fold laundry. Talk with your elderly loved one to find out what chores they believe they can still do. Assign them these chores daily or weekly to help your elderly loved one feel needed.
  • Doing Paperwork and Sending Mail: Just because your loved one is getting older, that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of still getting things done. In fact, your elderly loved one might still be able to do paperwork. You might have letters or bills that need to be mailed out. Your elderly loved one might be able to do this for you. You might have pictures that you want to send to other family members. This is something that your elderly loved one might enjoy doing. By giving your elderly loved one paperwork to do and mail to send, it can make them feel like you truly need them.
  • Gardening: Your elderly loved one might feel more needed if you have them keep up with a garden. It could be even more beneficial if this is a vegetable garden. You can let your loved one know that you would like zucchini, carrots, or other vegetables. They can spend time gardening and growing food for you and for themselves. If they can’t keep an outdoor garden, there is a lot of gardening supplies you can get, so they can have a garden indoors.

Engaging in activities that tickle the mind is not just good for cognitive health; it’s downright enjoyable. So, let’s dive into the fun stuff! Puzzles, games, and reading are the champions here. Find puzzles that match their cognitive abilities – it’s like customizing the challenge level! Crosswords, Sudoku, you name it! And for our bookworms, audiobooks or large-print books will turn reading into a delightful experience.

Safety and Comfort

Transforming your loved one’s living space into a safe haven is a breeze. Start by installing grab bars in strategic spots like the bathroom and hallways—these nifty additions not only boost stability but also help prevent any unwanted slips. Add ramps for easy maneuverability and make sure every nook is bathed in ample lighting. It’s the little things, like eliminating tripping hazards and customizing spaces to accommodate any physical limitations, that truly make a home feel secure.

Consider turn your loved one’s living space into a haven of comfort and warmth. Begin by creating a cozy atmosphere that feels like a warm embrace every time they step through the door. Take note of their temperature preferences—adjusting the thermostat just right can make all the difference. Play around with lighting to set the perfect mood, and consider their taste in furnishings. Personalizing their space with family photos and cherished mementos adds a touch of familiarity that can boost both comfort and emotional well-being.

And don’t forget the seating and bedding; make sure it’s as comfy as can be, tailored to their specific preferences for the ultimate relaxation spot.

Financial Security

Let’s dive into the world of financial security with a friendly approach. First up is legal and financial planning. Get cozy with your loved one and tackle those important legal documents together—wills and powers of attorney, oh my! Keep the long-term in mind by staying clued in on their financial situation. Go a step further and team up with a financial planner to craft a roadmap for their financial future. Don’t forget to give those legal docs a regular check-up, adjusting to any twists and turns life throws their way.

Let’s now go tothe  budgeting and expenses—the real MVPs of financial harmony. Be the financial superhero your loved one needs by helping them manage their finances like a pro. Kick things off by setting up a budget, and keep tabs on those expenses. Dive into the treasure trove of available resources, like government assistance programs and senior discounts, to make those dollars stretch even further. Get tech-savvy with budgeting apps or good ol’ spreadsheets, turning their financial world into a well-oiled machine.

Transportation

Ensure your loved one has a variety of reliable transportation options at their fingertips. Whether it’s hopping on public transit, using rideshare services, or calling in the family cavalry, keep the wheels turning smoothly. Dive into the local scene by exploring senior transportation services or cozying up to volunteer driver programs. And for an extra dash of convenience, set up rideshare accounts on their phone. Let the adventures roll!

Embracing the role of caregiver for your elderly loved ones is like embarking on a journey full of diverse needs, both physical and emotional. To truly enhance their quality of life, it’s all about tuning into the subtle changes and adjusting your approach accordingly. Communication is your compass, so make it a point to stay connected regularly. Safety and comfort become your trusty companions on this adventure, shaping the environment to cater to their well-being. Keep an unwavering focus on their overall health, weaving a tapestry of care that includes both the physical and emotional threads.

Sure, the journey may throw a few challenges your way, but the moments of connection and support? Those are the treasures that make every step worthwhile. So, gear up, be present, and let the journey unfold with the warmth of care and compassion.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering customized home care assistance please contact the caring staff at Correct Choice Home Care today at (267) 323-1700. 

 


 

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Joshua Walker, MBA