Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Looking after the elderly

Growing old gracefully is something we all aim to achieve, however the reality of what it is like to grow old is not always a happy experience. That is why it is important for those who are more able to take special care of the elderly and ensure their life is as happy and as long as it should be.
Nursing home or not?

The decision whether to put your loved ones into a nursing home is a particularly difficult one to make. It is dependent on a wide number of things and ultimately it should be a joint decision between yourselves and those who will be living in the home. This is due to the fact that if someone is forced into a home, and they are very unhappy, they are less likely to reach out to those who put them there. Some of the elderly may not have much of a choice in the matter and may be too ill to be cared for at home. For those, a nursing home is the only option as they will have the medical supplies hire that is needed to hire all the equipment for your loved one. If you search for a home together, you are far more likely to make them happy.
Day-to-day care

Some of the smaller details of everyday life becoming increasingly difficult when you are older and not all of these they will be willing to discuss with you. For example incontinence is an issue many of the elderly have to deal with but not something they will appreciate talking about. It may be better for you to bring up awkward subjects such as adult incontinence underwear to help them to understand it is ok to talk about these things.

It is important to try and make outings possible by working around the issues and accommodating any disability they may have. Sometimes, it is just nice to get out of that surgery seating and into a theater seat or even a park bench to enjoy the sunshine.

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Julie Gatherum-McGuire on Thu Aug 04, 02:42:00 AM 2011 said...

Thank you for this needed post. My mother in law is having difficulties and the next step is an assisted living care type facility. It is extremely difficult enough for her to give up her driving license, so you can imagine what we are going through moving her from her current home. Thank you!




Looking after the elderly

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