16 Dec How to Support Loved Ones as They Age
Although aging is a natural process, it’s not always an easy transition for seniors to face. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can help your loved ones as they go through transitions.
Though there are many types of potential obstacles and changes that your senior might face, many of them revolve around a loss of independence and privacy. As seniors age, they might find it difficult to ask for help, whether that be transportation or financial support. Relying on other people—even strangers, if professional caregiving is involved—can be a difficult transition for seniors to face.
In some cases, they may not realize they need help. But there are a few ways you can make transitions like these easier. Allow your senior to be as independent as possible, so long as they’re safe and healthy. It’s also important to make sure to include them in conversations about their future and listen carefully to their concerns.
Planning ahead is also a good idea. Encourage your senior to think about the kind of help they may want in the future and introduce it slowly so as not to overwhelm them. It might be helpful to start by looking at any illnesses your senior might have and checking with a doctor to make sure they’re getting the support they need.
As people age, they might need help with things like personal care, household chores, shopping, meals, managing money and healthcare, all of which is very normal. They may also need help when it comes to getting around. Limits on driving can be especially disheartening, so read up on practical ways to help your senior stay safe on the road.
For an aging senior, there are plenty of caregiving options, including in-home care.
It may be difficult for seniors to accept the fact that they need care, whether it be because of their lack of planning, financial burdens, or the idea of losing their independence. Starting this conversation might be difficult, but it’s often necessary.
Contact Family Tree today to see how our experienced care advisors can help.