Taking Care Of The Elderly

Some of us grow up with grandparents in the house and we are no stranger to their eccentricities (they are mostly just behaviour holdovers from a bygone era). For the rest us though, taking care of an elderly person who has suddenly had to move in can be terrifying, especially as they need around the clock care. Some older people are surprisingly self-reliant and independent; others require a lot of support even when they feel independent.

Here are some of the things you can do to make your elderly loved ones feel comfortable in your home:

Physical Comfort

As they get older, their bones become more brittle, their muscles become fatigued sooner and they will have trouble moving around as fast as they used to. Think about this before assigning them a room. They will also need to hit the bathroom more frequently as their bladder becomes less accommodating, so assign a room that is close to the bathroom and preferably with strong lighting guiding their way. if you have complicated water system (like multiple setting for Jacuzzi style water streams etc.), either teach it to them till they get it, or simplify it and highlight the few buttons they need to press. Have a home physio Singapore therapist come in once a week to give them a massage because it will help with blood circulation.

Generation Clashes

Never forget that your grandparents or any other elderly person in your house is from a different time. They will have different ideas and attitudes and will frequently embarrass you in front of friends with racist or sexist remarks. If they are of sound mental state, explain to them as they move in that certain behaviour and remarks are unacceptable, but be prepared for it to happen anyway because physio treatment is not gonna change the way grandma feels about instant food or women working in corporate jobs. The best way to cope is to treat them like they are children who have not yet been socialized, because in fact, they haven’t been in this society. Remind your children of this too, and treat your elders with the respect they deserve anyway. If you are interested about physio you can visit this website http://www.cityosteophysio.com/service/sports-injuries/.

#Respect and #Dignity

Growing old is never fun, especially as you have to give up a lot of your independence and mobility. This is especially galling to those who have been self-reliant and independent their whole lives, and they will act out as a reaction. They will be crochety, difficult and fussy in a backhanded attempt to show that they still control their own lives. The best way to deal with this difficult behaviour? Don’t patronize them. Don’t belittle them. Don’t humiliate them. Be better than that. Find ways that they can contribute and be part of the family. Listen to their views and let them speak even if you don’t agree, because a contrary viewpoint is better than dictatorial silence. Many elderly people will put up with physical discomfort if they are treated with respect.