The sad part about life is that we all get older and we often find ourselves caring for other family members. If you have noticed that some members of your family are needing some extra help, there are some things you might want to think about. Here are some ideas to help you care for the older members of your family.
Check-in on them
When you get older, it can be very lonely. If you have drifted from your family because everyone is so busy, you need to try and make an effort to see your family when you can. This is especially true if you have older members that don’t get out often. It can be a bit weird popping around to see them at first, but once you get into the habit, they will look forward to seeing you. If you can, try and bring them some photos (or your laptop with a bigger screen so that they can see) and share your latest adventures with them. If you can keep it to a regular time during the week, they will appreciate that even more as they will know when to expect you.
Can they cope at home?
As wonderful as the world is with all of our advancements, it is still important to assess if they can manage on their own. Adapting their house might be an option but if it will be too much, you might need to consider a good care home. A lot of these places have a great community of people that will allow them to make new friends and join activities that they will enjoy. If you can, have a chat with them about their feelings and care homes to see if this is something that they would be interested in further down the line. Of course, you can help them out as much as you can, but when it is getting to be too much, you might need to think about other options.
Listen to their stories
On the back of our first point, if you are spending time with your older family members, listen to what they are telling you. There is a chance that they have plenty of stories to tell and would love to share them with someone. If they will allow you, record them telling the stories. It is a wonderful thing to have a recording of a family member, and your kids and grandkids might find it interesting to listen to their great-great-grandma talk about the wars and growing up in the 20th century. You might even find out some juicy family gossip and the hidden history that has been forgotten by everyone else.
There you have it, some ways to help look after your older family members. Of course, you can do a lot more on this list if you can and if you think it would help. But always remember to listen to what is being said and their wishes so that you don’t overstep and take over.