As people get older, it is important that they maintain a sense of independence while also having the proper amount of assistance they require in order to take care of their needs. This balance is sometimes difficult for caregivers because many elderly people do not want to admit that they need help in tending to their care. However, it is important that family members or others who are responsible for them learn about what is needed and aid the person in getting their care.
The types of things that a person may need help with can vary, depending upon their medical conditions and general frame of mind. While many do not like to give up their driving privileges, this is something that becomes dangerous for people as they age. Being able to see clearly is a challenge that greatly influences how well a person can navigate while on the road.
Additionally, people naturally have slower reaction times as they age. Loss of hearing and a reduced attention span are also problematic for those in their later years. Often, it is difficult for people to admit that they are no longer able to drive safely, especially to their children. However, allowing them to continue to drive when they are no longer able to do so safely creates a risk for them and others who are on the road.
Because of this, aged individuals need help tending to regular tasks such as going to the grocery store. It is necessary for caregivers of the elderly to help them plan their shopping needs so that they can have regular trips to the store that allow them to get the various supplies needed throughout the week. Whether the person takes them or arranges for a ride depends upon what works well on a case by case basis.
Those with dementia or other mental concerns should probably not be left to rely upon public transportation, even in the earlier stages of the disease. Having an issue with not knowing where they are or what is happening can be quite frightening. These individuals need to have someone around who understands and can help them to finish the task at hand and return home safely.
Quite often, those who have reached their golden years can still do many things for themselves. Gardening, cooking and enjoying the television are just a few tasks that can provide an individual pleasure. When it starts to become difficult or unsafe, you may want to prepare foods in advance that they can heat up in the microwave.
If you are the primary caregiver for a person in your family, it is important that you get some help as the person becomes more needy. Otherwise, you run the risk of becoming burnt out. No matter how much you love and care about the aging person, you cannot avoid your own care. If you become excessively tired or worn out, you may end up snapping at them, falling asleep at the wheel, or a number of other negative consequences.
Arrange for someone else to give you a respite at least once a week. This is not being selfish. Rather, it is about being the best that you can be so that you are able to provide quality care when you are with the person. You may be able to have another family member or a nurse come in to assist with medical needs and a housekeeper to tend to that aspect of their care.
Elderly people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect even though they require assistance from you.
If your loved ones need elderly care please contact Johnson Village Services Pty Ltd today and see if we have an aged care facility near you.