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Caring for the Elderly

Caring for the Elderly

Thursday 19th March 2020
Lewis Fletcher

With the coronavirus pandemic causing people to self-isolate there has never been a better time to pay that extra special bit of care when caring for the elderly.

Unfortunately, aging is a fact of life and it affects all families. As adult children, when imagining our parents as elderly citizens, we may not fully comprehend the extent to which their aging will affect them or how it will affect us. Indeed, if they are already elderly citizens and still in good health and living independently we may not feel any dramatic changes or concerns. However, the time does come when effects of aging become more evident and long-term care may be needed.

This can be for many reasons. For example, an overall decline in physical and mental vitality may result in visible and even drastic changes to a persons appearance, the standard of life, and emotional well-being.

There are many essential necessities that an elderly person may need help with. These essentials necessities are to help maintain the dignity and physical and emotional well-being of an elderly person and are to ensure that their daily living requirements are met effectively.Some of these daily necessities can be found listed below:

  • Self-feeding
  • Functional Mobility

(moving while performing activities, getting in and out of bed, in and out of a chair)

  • Dressing
  • Bathing or Showering
  • Personal Hygiene

(includes brushing/styling hair, shaving, grooming activities)

  • Toilet Hygiene

(includes getting to the toilet, self-cleaning, getting up from the toilet)

Some daily activities that may not be fundamental can be found listed below.Whilst these are not fundamental they are related to independent functioning and are called instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). IADLs most often this refer to the following types of activities with long-term care:

  • Cooking and Preparing Meals
  • Cleaning and Maintaining the Home
  • Shopping and Buying Necessities
  • Running Errands
  • Managing Money and Paying Bills
  • Speaking or Communicating on the Phone or Through Other Devices
  • Taking Prescribed Medications

If you need help caring for an elderly citizen then whether it's you, other siblings, relatives or friends that help out, or even professional caregivers, arranging help is possible. Other sources of help include technological devices that can provide assistance or even various community services geared at helping seniors. Taking an honest look at where an elderly parent needs support is the first step and then assess at all the possible solutions in order get them the help they need.