Home Health: Finding Hope for You and Your Loved One

5 Tips For Looking After Your Elderly Loved One

Aging is something that happens to everyone. It's a natural and normal part of life. Unfortunately, as people age, they may need more help. Here are some tips to help you look after your elderly loved ones:

1. Cook meals in advance.

One way you can assist your elderly loved one is by preparing meals for them. Once a week, you can cook them a healthy, hot meal. Cook extra food so they have leftovers to eat the following day. If you want to be extra helpful, you can cook a few meals and freeze them in individual portions. This will allow your loved one to reheat the food for quick and easy meals throughout the week.

2. Consult with their doctor.

If possible, help your elderly loved one by driving them to doctor's appointments. Senior citizens sometimes have difficulty driving, so providing transportation is usually appreciated. You can also help by sitting in on doctor's appointments and taking notes, if desired. Help your loved one ask any questions they might have, in order to clarify their treatment plan.

3. Hire a home health aide.

Sometimes senior citizens need more help than you can provide. In that case, you can hire a health aide to provide senior home care to your loved one. Home carers are professionally trained to help your loved one with whatever they might need. They can provide basic healthcare, such as administering medication; they can also help seniors do prescribed physical therapy exercises. 

4. Help with the housework.

Arthritis, stiff muscles, and difficulty balancing can make housework a challenge. You can help your elderly loved one by doing a few chores. Washing the laundry, vacuuming the floor, and wiping down counter tops can make a big difference. A clean house is a calming and welcoming space for your loved one to rest.

5. Listen to their wishes.

Helping your elderly loved one is a great thing to do, but it's important to respect their feelings too. Sometimes senior citizens would prefer to do certain tasks on their own, without assistance. Respect their wishes in this area, even if you think you could do the task more easily. Elderly people want to feel as competent as everyone else, and emotional well-being is just as important as physical health.

Senior citizens are valued and necessary parts of society. They have experienced and accomplished so many things, but sometimes they need help. These five tips will help you take care of your elderly loved one in their time of need.