CARING FOR THE ELDERLY

CARING FOR THE ELDERLY

CARING FOR THE ELDERLY

Added 1445 days ago. 9 March 2020

A guide to caring for elderly loved ones to help maintain their health and independence a home.

Help For Elderly People Living At Home

As we grow older, it can be harder to stay fit and healthy in colder months. We may not bounce out of bed like we used to, or find it takes longer to recover from coughs and colds.

With this in mind, helping looking after an elderly person can make their daily tasks manageable and ultimately maintain their independence at home.

Helping Elderly People in Their Homes

Focusing on helping maintain someone’s independence is essential when supporting an older person at home. So rather than taking over on tasks, it’s a good idea to help make daily routines easier, provide companionship and arrange daily tasks such as meal times to help take the pressure off.
 
 

Considerations When Caring For an Elderly Person

Here are some useful ways to provide families the peace of mind when helping elderly loved ones age independently.

1. Food Delivered Directly To Their Door

Convenient and delicious ready meals can be delivered to their door, needing only to be heated up at home in the microwave or oven. It’s an easy way to make sure they eat well, enjoy different cuisines and helps to take the pressure off meal times.

2. Keeping A Healthy Mind

3. Adapting The Home To Be A Safe Environment

Assessing the safety of a loved one’s home can also be a good habit. As elderly people become less steady on their feet, making adaptations could remove the risk of slips or falls. Removing floor hazards, rearranging commonly used items to more accessible locations, or adding some safety measures such as bathroom rails or front door rails are very handy to maintain independence.
 
If necessary, installing a Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) will allow users to quickly call for help in emergencies and can provide care givers with that extra peace of mind should there be an accident in the home.

4. Using Technology to stay Connected

When caring for a loved one, technology can be a huge help. Technological advancements such as smart home systems allow you to control appliances, heating, thermostats and much more via your smartphone at the touch of a button
 
Systems such as Hive Link even allow families and friends to keep track of elderly loved ones, providing peace of mind wherever you are. Clever sensors on doors and cupboards, as well as kitchen appliances such as kettles, enables you to know that your loved one is getting on with their day as usual. The programme will learn a user’s routine and notify you if they deviate from it, all via app technology.

5. Keeping Warm & Protecting Good Health

6. Being Aware of Different Care Options

7. Keeping active

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