It is common to see younger family members care for their elderly relatives at home. It has been estimated that approximately 904,600 elderly Australians will live in their adult children’s homes by 2041. These numbers are based on current trends, with more grandparents helping raise their grandchildren.
If you have an elderly relative living at home with you, there are some things you need to be mindful of. While they might seem strong and capable, you will still need to make the household comfortable and convenient for them. This is to ensure their health, safety, and well-being in the home.
Here are some valuable suggestions on how to properly care for your elderly relatives at home.
Utilize the tools and resources available to you.
There are several organizations that provide professional advice and solutions to elderly care. Do your research and find expert care services that help you improve your family member’s quality of lie. Read up on common challenges and how to effectively address them for the health and safety of your family member. Additionally, consider investing in helpful tools and equipment, such as a ceiling hoist, to make the home more livable.
Don’t hesitate to ask for professional help.
As mentioned, there are some organizations that provide expert advice on how to care for the elderly. However, if your family member has special needs, you should consider hiring a professional caregiver. They have the necessary skills and training accomplishing tasks that you might be unfamiliar with, such as bathing and bathroom functions, making sure medication is taken, or arranging transportation for appointments.
Engage with them.
Your elderly relatives might think they are burdening you by living in your home. Part of properly caring for them is creating a positive and loving environment. Engage with them regularly to make them feel welcome. While they understand that you have a busy schedule, they won’t mind spending time with you. Take the time to talk to them, whether it’s at the dinner table or before they go to bed. Another option would be to engage with them through their hobby or regular activities.
Keep a close watch on their physical and mental health.
Your elderly relatives are more prone to getting sick. If you don’t think a carer is the best idea, you’ll have to make sure you book regular appointments with their doctor to closely monitor their health. You’ll also have to keep on top of their requirements, such as making necessary adjustments to their diet and ensure they take their medication on time.
Aside from their physical health, you should monitor their mental health. The elderly are more prone to certain illnesses, such as depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of these illnesses to keep yourself alert of your elderly relative’s situation.
Choosing to open your home to your elderly relatives is not something to take lightly. As mentioned, there are several responsibilities involved to make sure they live comfortably. Take the time to familiarize yourself with them to make your home a good environment for your elderly relatives to live in.