They were the ones that thought you how to walk. They were the ones that exhibited you to the wonders of life. They were the ones that showered all the love and understanding you needed. Now, it is time to give back. No matter how small, for sure, they will appreciate it.
It is normal to feel guilty. It is understandable that you cannot always take care of your loved one personally. There are a lot of issues that needs your attention, like work and the kids. You are only mortal, humbly admit your limitations.
Here are some of strategies to properly care for your elderly loved ones:
- Involve the entire family.
Nothing beats the company of the family members. Get your kids and other siblings closer to your seniors. This way, the likelihood that they would feel isolated can lessen. According to studies, isolation ensues depression and other socio-psychological difficulties. The inner mental and psychological state of your elderly will gravely affect the speed of his recuperation. Also, his or her disposition towards life will get brighter.
- Make them feel welcome.
Allow your seniors to air out their concerns and ideas. Consider their preferences in making decisions. Never make them feel that they are lesser and inutile. They may be impaired in many ways, but this doesn’t mean that they are insignificant. The same treatment should be applied even if the senior citizen is facing mental difficulties. Although their rationality may have diminished, they still have fragile feelings.
- Encourage them to socialize constantly.
Let them meet their friends. Make them feel that they are still functional by facilitating them in the things that they love doing. Give them a sense of independence. By doing so, their morale may boost and their self-image will improve. Enlisting them to social groups may contribute positively.
- Do memorable things together.
Knowing that their time is limited, make every second count! Let them feel that they are special. Give them your warmest compassion and your sincerest gratitude. Any activity may do. Painting an Easter egg together this Easter season is a good idea. Not only that your loved one is benefitted, but the genuine happiness would pass unto you as well.
- Be extremely sensitive.
Be mindful of your choice of words. It is inevitable that you would have to talk about critical matters. For example, when talking about expenses, never make them feel that they are burdensome. Always keep your tone empathetic.
In this exploit, you will require assistance from the experienced. Even without any other commitments, you will likely depend on somebody else because of the medical and psychological aspect of giving care. Being a caregiver is not easy. The life of the patient may depend on the provider’s competence.