As a family caregiver, your parent’s health, well-being, and quality of life are at the top of your priority list. You want to make sure your senior is living their best life, which means more than just helping them deal with their health issues and stay safe in their home. It is also important to think about their life as a whole and find meaningful ways to actually enhance their life and encourage them to make the most of it.
Try some of these simple tips to improve your senior’s life on a daily basis:
- Utilize elderly care as a means of increasing independence and autonomy. These help your parent feel more in control of their life and like they are able to continue living the life they want even as they are dealing with challenges and limitations.
- Call them when you aren’t able to see them. Don’t always make these calls about care efforts or upcoming care tasks. Instead, just check in on them and let them know you’re thinking about them. This helps your parent feel acknowledged and loved rather than like you only interact with them because you need to take care of them.
- Introduce them to more technology. A large percentage of the elderly population does not utilize technology such as mobile devices, computers, and the internet on a regular basis. This means they are missing out a wide variety of exceptional opportunities, including being able to keep up with friends and family, handling more of their own tasks with the benefits of online shopping, and expanding their horizons and stimulating their mind with research learning opportunities. Help your parent learn how to effectively and safely use technology so they can feel less isolated and enjoy more opportunities in their daily life.
- Encourage them to try new things on a regular basis. It doesn’t need to be anything extreme. Something as simple as reading a new author or trying a new food can boost your senior’s quality of life, health, and well-being.
It is important to not forget about yourself when you are a family caregiver. This role is an important one, but it doesn’t mean you are not important, or that there are no longer other obligations and focuses in your life. Having elderly care as a part of your routine with your aging loved one is an invaluable way you can ensure your senior still gets the care, support, and assistance they need, while giving you more time and flexibility in your schedule. This relieves stress and allows you to focus on all aspects of your life in the most effective and beneficial ways.