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Apply These Secret Techniques To Improve Older Care

Every person’s dream is to reach old age enjoying life to the full, with the awareness of being able to rely on their children. On the other hand, the desire of every child is to be able to support their elderly parents once they become non-self-sufficient. And it is precisely when this reversal of roles occurs that we find ourselves wondering: How can I support my elderly parents? Will I be able to take care of it? We have tried to answer these questions by compiling a list of practical advice for caring for the elderly.

The company, assistance during medical checks and treatments, psychological support. These are just some of the needs of older people. These are aspects that should not be underestimated so that our loved ones can keep themselves healthy, both physically and emotionally-mentally. The serenity of our loved ones does not only benefit them but also us.

Every day we assist many elderly people and we relate to children and relatives. What unites them at times is the lack of serenity and the worry of not being able to manage a new life condition – old age – which we sometimes forget to be an integral part of the cycle of our life.

How can we reconcile our life needs with the needs of our parents who age and get sick and then become non-self-sufficient?

To answer this question we wanted to collect practical advice for the management and care of the elderly.

Care for the elderly: 5 practical tips to live more peacefully

Here are five tips to learn how to take care of those who used to take care of us.

  1. Encourage with the right stimuli

If there is one ingredient to help your body and mind stay healthy, it is definitely an activity. Any activity is good for our loved ones as they get older, the important thing is to keep body and mind busy. The stimuli are therefore fundamental. From meeting friends to visiting new places, passing through a walk in the open air. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help our parents brighten up the day, making them forget the typical pains of old age for a few hours. Small gestures that make the difference.

  1. Learn to understand the new condition, with patience

Old age, as we know, makes everyone less patient and more irascible. The most common mistake, however, is not to put yourself in their shoes. Sometimes it can be difficult, but we think “how would I feel in their conditions: without a daily commitment, with a body full of annoying aches, with little energy, little social life?” It is an important effort but once we understand the phase in which our loved ones are, it will be easier to understand and give due weight to the moments of frustration or seemingly unjustified mood.

  1. Create the right routine

One more phone call, one more visit, even if fast, can make a difference. Maintaining contact (telephone and physical) transmits security, closeness; means “I’m thinking of you, I’m taking care of you”. The awareness of knowing that they are still an important part of their children’s lives helps them to live better with their living conditions, which are not always easy to accept. Sometimes just a phone call or a message may be enough; technology can help.

  1. Accept outside help, without guilt

Initially, for some, the idea of ​​getting help from someone “outside the family” could represent a threat, a defeat, or even a sort of discharge of their responsibilities. Accepting outside help does not mean abandoning loved ones, but making sure we can give them the assistance they need, without sacrificing the lives of our children and partners. Therefore, resorting to external help, such as a home assistant at certain times, can help not to upset one’s life and that of our loved one.

  1. Find the right facility for the right care

Managing a very elderly parent, affected by diseases that limit self-sufficiency, can be a challenge that is anything but simple, especially when there is also a repulsion for treatment. When you find yourself having to deal with the physical (and mental) decay of your parents, the best solution to find peace of mind is to ask for help, turning to reliable care facilities able to professionally manage this new difficult condition.

Being able to combine family life, work-life, and care for one’s own is not always easy. Our mission is precisely to support people in assisting their loved ones, thanks to a team of social assistance professionals, and to be able to guarantee the serenity they deserve.

Old Age Home: How to adapt housing for the elderly?

In the case of the elderly living at home, it will be necessary to adapt their home to ensure maximum safety and comfort, depending on old age needs.

One of the most common mistakes consists of not planning to advance the reforms that the home needs to adapt to the needs of the elderly so that they are only taken into account when the elderly person has already suffered a fall or an accident inside the home.

To avoid these problems, we recommend you start with the adaptation of the home from the first moment in which you observe that your loved ones are in the process of aging and are losing autonomy and mobility.

Basic Tips: Old Age Home for Seniors

  • It is essential to eliminate obstacles that hinder the passage and mobility of the elderly: flowerpots, unstable tables, rugs, etc. Despite the fact that they may be valuable objectives for the elderly, these elements’ true usefulness must be considered, as they do not prevent them from moving easily.
  • All rooms must be perfectly lit to facilitate good vision and avoid the risk of falls. Good lighting creates a more comfortable and welcoming environment for the elderly person. In the same way, you can also purchase light sensors that detect their movements, ideal for spaces such as corridors or living rooms.
  • It is important to check the size of the doors that facilitate the passage of the elderly in the case of using a wheelchair, as they can also be removed if necessary.
  • You should pay attention to the carpets that are in the house, the important thing is that they are non – slip rubber. Otherwise, it is best to remove them to avoid tripping or falling.
  • Kitchen and bathroom cabinets must be in order. This avoids the difficulty of finding an object. Corner guards can also be used to prevent possible injury.
  • The elderly must have access to the telephone permanently. The phone must have numbers large enough to be easily visible. If possible, we will always opt for cordless phones.

Aspects to consider before making Old Age Home

Adapting the home to the needs of the elderly does not have to be an immediate and radical process. It is best to implement these changes as these new needs appear so that this transformation is not traumatic.

Let’s not forget that any change in habits or environment can have psychological and emotional consequences at advanced ages. We will avoid this negative impact if we act progressively and according to the particularities of each moment.

Apart from advancing step by step, it would be convenient for you to take into account these recommendations to save you problems, time, and money:

Adapting the home of an elderly person is not turning it into something alien. Our elders must continue to have the feeling that they are at home, surrounded by their memories and the things they like. There are many objects such as photographs, cushions, blankets or certain furniture that do not pose a danger and add identity to the rooms. As far as possible, they try to keep them if they are safe.

Find out before making any changes. Some of the necessary actions may involve modifications in a municipal property land or a neighborhood community’s facilities. On the other hand, sometimes there are subsidies or special aids that allow you to acquire assistance material or carry out changes in the home distribution for a lower cost.

Less is more. Sometimes it is not so much a matter of adding security devices in the home but minimizing the risks by taking action at the root. Open spaces, lightly loaded shelves or well-organized closets are a good starting point.

Cognitive stimulation is also important. Replace potentially dangerous items with more friendly ones that are also stimulating to touch, smell, or sight. Considering that it is inside the home where our elders spend a large part of the day, it is important to create an environment that keeps their senses awake.

10 Tips to take care of an elderly person at home

The provision of care is not carried out exclusively in the home environment but extends to different public and private institutions, however, family care is one of the scenarios where it is most visible and common.

Undoubtedly, caring for another represents a great challenge that only with teamwork and with the full awareness that a single person cannot solve everything, better conditions can be built for both caregivers and dependents. Here are 10 tips for caring for an elderly person at home.

  1. Carry out a needs assessment

You must start from reality, you have to list what the needs of your family member are, as well as the resources available to face them. Once what is needed has been established, a realistic action plan will be drawn up of what each family member can contribute, as well as looking for the means and people to facilitate the process.

  1. Make family agreements

When your family member begins to become dependent, it is necessary to reach family agreements regarding the responsibilities that each child will take on. Disagreements and friction are common, the recommendation is to establish a family meeting to openly discuss the expectations, possibilities, and responsibilities that each of the members must meet with the objective of strengthening family ties.

If it is difficult to reach these agreements, we recommend you go to a professional who can guide you to make the process of adaptation and change in family dynamics positive and constructive.

  1. Assemble a good team of professionals to support

Generally, an elderly person presents various pathologies, the most advisable thing is to have a Geriatrician who can guide them as a family in the care and treatment of their relative.

If you require personalized assistance and support to carry out activities of daily living, consider the option of hiring an assistance service for the elderly in your home, in case you require advanced medical care contact a nursing service.

  1. Establish a daily routine for your family member

It is advisable to have a schedule for each activity during the day, from breakfast, personal hygiene, recreational and social activities, among others, so that our family member gets used to doing them without problems. Having a structured routine helps to keep their activities in order, making our family members feel safe in addition to promoting the person to keep their sleep and wake schedules; and be always physically and mentally active.

  1. Establish a safety plan

In an elderly person, the risks of accidents are increased as their senses begin to diminish, we recommend making a list of some risk factors and taking actions in this regard.

One of the dangers older adults continually face is falling. To prevent this from happening, you need to make a review of the living space of your family member and remove obstacles, rugs, fragile tables where he can trip. Modifications must also be made in certain critical areas such as the bathroom, where support bars must be installed and slip-resistant mats must be installed. It is essential to have good lighting and free spaces to be able to circulate easily.

If your family member has cognitive impairment, you should anticipate that he may leave the home and get lost in the surroundings, for this we recommend keeping the door locked and providing him with identification that he can wear all day.

  1. Keep a record of medications

It is common for the elderly to consume several medications and may become confused and double their dose, on the other hand, there is a tendency towards self-medication, this is very dangerous and, therefore, it is necessary for you, as a family member, to take control of the situation. We recommend that you keep the daily control of each medication in a notebook or log and use controlled pillboxes.

  1. Establish an eating plan

In advanced age, there is a tendency to consume less food since it is of only one type. Eating a balanced diet is recommended to prevent any health problems in addition to helping your family member to become physically and mentally strong.

  1. Help him stay physically and cognitively active

Immobility and memory disorders must be prevented. We can promote activity with a simple daily walk, hobbies, or activities within the home that motivate your family member to continue an active and healthy life.

Memory tends to decline with age that is why we must help them to have tools to stimulate their mind such as puzzles, riddles, word searches, crossword puzzles, among others. Let us always be aware that they can learn new things every day.

  1. Help him stay socially connected

It is important to promote socialization with our family members and allow interaction not only with family but with close circles of friends. This will help them continue to live a quality life and give them the opportunity to set new goals, new interests, and lifestyles in order to feel more fulfilled.

  1. Provide affection, attention, and details

At the end of the day, the most important thing is the affection and love that we can give our family members. Perhaps there will be material needs that are difficult to meet, but the time, the details, and the affection that we give them every day will make them feel happy and loved no matter the conditions in which they are.

The tightrope generation – caring without a safety net

“I wouldn’t want my children to look after me”

“my mum would have said that but she has dementia…..she would have dreaded the thought that my life would be consumed with looking after her but that is actually what has happened” Ming Ho who is aging without children Woman’s Hour May 17th

When older people have no children who will help?

One of the many things that make aging without children so difficult for people to engage with is that bluntly, thinking about it is hugely uncomfortable. There are many wonderful campaigners – Beth Britton http://d4dementia.blogspot.co.uk  Nicci Gerrard and Julia Jones of Johns Campaign http://johnscampaign.org.uk , Gill Phillips http://nutshellcomms.co.uk to name only a few who have taken the poor experiences and treatment of their parents and used them to campaign to improve the experiences of all older people. As you read the stories of what happened to their parents and the things they had to do, it’s easy to empathize and think how you would feel if it were your parents going through the same thing. Its harder to start to think about, in detail, what happens to people with no one to fight for them.

Not all older people are grandparents

One of the many consequences of there being more people aging without children is that more and more people are not, and never will be grandparents. 1 in 5 people over 50 have no children and therefore of course no grandchildren. In addition, there are many more older people who do have children but those children will never be parents, and therefore who will also not be grandparents.

Reflecting on aging without children

It’s good to take stock now and then and reflect on things that matter so passionately to you. International day of older people seems a good day to reflect on aging without children, what we’ve achieved, the disappointments, and most importantly where we are trying to get to.

5 things we can do to help people aging without children

Over the next 20/30 years, there will be unprecedented numbers of people without children reaching the oldest old age. Policy and planning focused on older people being supported by their children/grandchildren in later life will not meet this need and risks leaving individuals ageing without children dangerously unsupported. Research has shown that smaller families in general means that wider family networks cannot be depended on to “step up” in the absence of children and that wider unpaid care networks made up of wider kin and friends do not substitute for children as health declines. This means that there will be a greater reliance on formal care services at a time when they have never been under such intense pressure.

Kindness Can – being kind can make all the difference to people ageing without children

There has been an interesting thread on our Facebook group this week based on people’s experiences of not being in the grandparents club. People talked of being at retirement parties, family get-togethers, clubs they belonged too & even holidays with friends where they were treated as completely invisible because they couldn’t join in with the grandparent chat. The exclusion of nongrandparents is something we’ve blogged about before /loneliness-its-not-enough-to-be-happy-to-chat-you-have-to-be-ready-to-listen-too/

Dignity in Dying & Ageing without Children

Dignity in Dying

What is death? It is the moment of transition – the natural full stop to life. It is something we must all experience. We can choose to fear death – but that fear can poison our lives. Better that we should accept that death will come – to each of us and to those we love. Death is not a failure… it is a completion.