Helping Your Older Relative to Regain Control and Happiness

There are some things we will inevitably need to give up on as we grow old. It’s like growing up and being able to do a lot more than we were used to – just opposite and a lot less exciting. It becomes especially difficult to witness a loved one grow older and lose their independence without being able to do anything about it or offer comfort.

While some find care homes to be the best and most practical solution, others try to find ways to make it work at home.


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Here is how you can help your loved ones regain a sense of control and independence in their golden years, keeping them happy and healthy at home for as long as possible.

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The good news in all of this is that it has become increasingly easy for elderly to live comfortably at home. It’s all about technology, of course, those little clicks at the computer, making it possible to stay in touch with the world and receive essentials right at your doorstep.

Online grocery shopping in a no-brainer, even for busy families without time to go to the shop, so set this up immediately. Medicines can also be ordered online these days and delivered without any hassle at all.

It’s a good idea to show them how to do their own grocery shopping online, considering that many elderly know their way around the Internet by now. It gives them a sense of control and independence as well, which is what we’re looking for, right?

 

Health care and emotional needs

Whenever you’re worried that their medical needs won’t be met if they live at home, remember that personal emergency response systems can take a lot of your worries away. Have a look at medicalert.systems, first of all, for some peace of mind.

Secondly, it’s important to remember that, even though elderly often insist on being able to take care of themselves, it’s often difficult to admit a need for companionship. While being out and about is always good, and you should encourage them to find company even though they’re not living in a care home, their mobiles will come in handy here as well.

Show your loved one how you can have video conversations whenever they feel like it, help them with finding like-minded people online if none of their senior friends share their interests or hobbies, and let them enjoy the freedom technology gives elderly today.

Elderly may feel lonely even if they’re living with a spouse, and enjoying friendships and company gives a sense of happiness as well as a purpose. Read more about the dangers of loneliness at slate.com, by the way.

Growing old is just becoming more enjoyable as we advance, and an elderly relative can enjoy the wonders of social media and the convenience of online grocery shopping as much as any. Make sure you give them the tools to manage on their own, and enjoy the sight of a happier and more independent relative or friend in your life; they’re lucky to have you.

Comments

  1. This is a great article. My mom is able to live alone, but there are some things that she just can’t do by herself anymore, like drive to run errands. Loneliness is also a big issue. All of this is why we hired a caretaker to come over a few times a week. Sure my mom could order groceries online but she loves the socialization and just getting out of the home that she gets when her and her caretaker to to the grocery store together. It’s the best of both worlds. There are so many options out there for seniors nowadays!

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