As good as it may sound, taking on a caring role can usher in a rollercoaster of emotions: frustration, concern, guilt and even anxiety. It can be a full-time job and it will take some time and patience to do.
Supporting the elderly can be a daunting task. However, it isn’t something you have to do alone. Armed with the right knowledge and a team of specialists, you can look after your loved ones in a positive and rewarding way.
Before caring for an elderly person, it’s best to evaluate their unique situation. You can determine their support needs by carefully observing them. Here are some things to watch out for:
Frequent memory loss
Lack of concern with personal grooming
Problems with managing their medication
Leaving their house unlocked or the stove on
Once you’ve seen these signs, talk to them about your observations. Give them time to explain after raising these concerns. If they start to argue and become defensive, ask assistance from a senior care provider. They can help in explaining your loved one’s condition and develop a care plan in the process.
After your assessment, it’s time to develop an appropriate plan for them. This is usually a four-step process tailored to meet their individual needs. This may include the following:
Housekeeping (laundry, groceries and cleaning)
Safety and social needs (daily visits and transportation)
Personal and health care (therapy, hygiene and medication)
It’s important to organise these things to help you manage your time. This will also prove useful if you need assistance from siblings or relatives.
Most homes aren’t designed to accommodate an ageing person’s needs. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have trained medical staff to attend to all their requirements. They are also a safe place to meet new friends and engage in social activities. You don’t have to do it alone and you definitely won’t be considered weak for getting help. Organisations like Seasons Aged Care have a range of different options to help make caring for your loved ones easier.
Always be calm and patient when taking care of the elderly. Maintaining their dignity is of utmost importance. Encourage autonomy and let them make decisions for themselves. If their desires are different from yours, acknowledge them. Even if your efforts aren’t appreciated, wear a smile and let them know they are loved.
These tips will help turn a big task into something more manageable. Know your limits, take care of yourself and ask for help when needed. This ensures the quality of care your loved one deserves.
For more advice and assistance, talk to the professionals at Seasons Aged Care today on 1300 732 766.