If you have an elderly relative and you are worried that they are not living life to its full potential, there could be a number of reasons for this. The first could be that they don’t have the energy to do things, but you can sort this out! The second could be that they have no motivation because they feel like they are all on their own, which is another issue that you can help with. Down below, we are going to be taking a look at some of the things that you can do to help your elderly relatives live their best life. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.
Get Them Outside
The first thing that we are going to recommend is that you get them outside. Staying inside all the time is extremely bad for you as you need to be getting enough sunlight. Without it, you’re going to get a vitamin D deficiency, leading to more problems. Even if it is just for a simple walk around the park on a day when there are pretty views, this is enough. As long as they are not staring at the same four walls consistently, this is better than nothing.
You might find that they resist going outside with you, but be persistent. Persistence will always beat resistance, and whoever the persistent person is will always win. Just keep at it until they agree to go for a walk with you, because trust us they are going to feel much better once they do.
Look After Them
If it has gotten to a point where they need looking after, and their options are heading into a care home, or coming to stay with a relative, which would you choose? Some elderly people love being in care homes thanks to the range of opportunities that you have while you are in there such as playing games with other people their own age. However, there are some people who absolutely hate it. Sometimes, this is down to the wrong senior care being paid for and this can be changed by assessing the company you are currently using and making some changes. Looking after an older relative often means bringing in the right senior carers to help, whether they come in during the day or they are live-in. Always chat to your relative about this first, though, as many older individuals refuse help!
You rely on someone for quite a lot of things, you have to be in certain places at certain times so that the staff know where you are and so on. Outside of a care home they have their freedom and their dignity of not being in a care home, which is important to a lot of them. If this is what they want to do, then you need to look at how to become a paid caregiver for a family member.
Make Sure They Have Everything They Need
Other than looking after them, you need to make sure that they have everything that they need. You can’t just leave them to fend for themselves, as they won’t be able to sort everything out. If they ask you for something, make sure that you get it for them. Trust us when we say that they probably already feel like somewhat of a burden having to ask you in the first place, so you need to reassure them that this isn’t the case. Do this by doing what they ask, not making a complaint and so on.
We know that sometimes things like this can be frustrating, but you can do it. Just take a deep breath when things seem to be getting too much, and then move forward. It’ll be okay, it just takes a lot of patience.
Ask Them About Their Life
The final thing that you are going to need to do is ask them about their life. We bet that they have had a wonderful life that is full of adventure and things that we can only dream of. Ask them about it if they like to talk about it, and if they don’t, then avoid the topic. But, you find that most of them love to talk about when they were younger, so don’t be shy to ask.
They will recall those lovely times where they were at their happiest, telling you all about them to ensure that someone shares their memories too. The smile on their face will be more than worth it.
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do when it comes to helping your elderly relatives live their best life. Remember that some of the things that might really appeal to you, are not going to appeal to them. They have had a whole lifetime of certain things, so make sure that you are doing what you do to help them live their best life, not yours. We wish you the very best of luck.