Taking care of our grandparents is a serious responsibility; yet we often fail so badly at it. The main reason for this is that providing them with a home and food and comforts alone simply does not cut it. Here are a few other ways to take care of them better…
Spend more time with them
Above everything, this is what they need most from you. It isn’t easy being old, being weaker than they were, feeling less useful; if you add feeling unwanted to the list as well, their life can get pretty miserable. Apart from making them feel better, spending time with them will also open up chances for you to not only learn from them, but also to learn about and recognize the changes they are going through. Forgetfulness, weakness, and confusion are all things humans have to go through at this stage; but you can always prepare for it, and adjust their surrounding to suit them better.
Take care of their health needs
Unless they are in a lot of pain or discomfort, most older people tend to disregard their physical ailments¾blaming it entirely on their age. Unfortunately, this is not always true. The slightest fall can result in broken or dislocated bones; and unfortunately, they might not even realize the severity of their injury¾ not realizing that they have to look for professional help for ankle injury treatment or fixing their shoulder. Remember that there are also other things like seeing to their medications. For those with failing eyesight, tablet disposers are a great idea.
Remember their mental health as well
Sometimes, it’s not as simple as taking them to the doctor about their best heel pain treatment in Singapore. Like we mentioned above, most of our grandparents have been very active and very independent people. Not having responsibilities and not having the strength to do things can not only be frustrating and boring, it can also affect them mentally. Try to get them to leave the house once in a while; preferably to somewhere they can socialize. Help them get used to technology that will make sure they keep in touch with their friends and other family members.
Help them figure out how to keep themselves occupied
We understand that not everyone’s grandparents are frail and fragile; and that they might not really appreciate your efforts to wrap them in comforts. However, if you want to “sneakily” take care of them, try to introduce them to a few new hobbies. Not only will it keep them occupied, but certain activities can also help their mental health. Try to reintroduce a hobby that they had enjoyed in the past; it is a bonus if you can get them to teach you the hobby… if you know what we mean!