Make their house a homely place
It can be daunting growing older, our bodies begin to slow down and our minds may not be as sharp as they used to be. With many changes on the horizon the one thing that helps us feel safe and settled is the place we call home.
To maximise the time that an elderly person is able to live comfortably and safely at home, there are things we can do to help.
Food glorious food
Make sure the cupboards and fridge are well stocked with healthy, nutritious food items that are easily accessible and don’t take much preparation. When you visit your elderly relative take them one of their favourite home cooked meals and eat it with them.
Making the house more accessible
Many elderly people are still living in a house which does not suit their requirements. Maybe they are suffering with osteoporosis or just have stiff joints and it’s difficult to climb the stairs. First, try to make adjustments to their living space. Acorn Partner has a good selection of stair lifts that can be customised to suit individual needs.
Check that the elderly person is receiving the winter fuel allowance, as they are entitled. Make sure the house is stocked with extra blankets and a hot water bottle. And it can also be a good idea to think about extra warm items of clothes that you could drop in, such as vests and sweaters.
Out and about
If your relative or friend still has some mobility, encourage them to participate in local activities designed to suit senior people. Many local councils run day care centres set up to help elderly people get out and socialise in a protected environment. Some offer services that include access to doctors and nurses and chiropody. Socialising helps sustain emotional and mental wellbeing.
Councils are now seeing the importance of giving extra help to the elderly, a move which couldn’t come soon enough. There are services available which can provide advice and support to older people, who would like to continue living in their own homes.
There are many ways you can help your elderly friend or relative, but the most valuable thing is taking time-out to show how much you care about them. A visit can brighten up someone’s day. And it means you can check if the elderly person is happy and well.