If you’re an adult who plays the role of caregiver to an aging loved one in Menlo Park or any Bay Area community, it’s easy to forget that sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most to seniors. Sure, there are lots of concerns about physical and mental health, declining of brain function, even what to expect when a senior approaches the end of his/her life. What’s important to note is that when you care for a loved one on a daily basis, think about those little things that mean so much to seniors. Our Menlo Park senior caregivers have a few examples of just what we mean.
As we age, our days on this earth naturally grow shorter. How can you give much-loved seniors the best experience and quality of life in those later years? By being mindful and staying in the moment. Here are a few tips.
Pay attention to those little inconveniences. While it may not be a big deal to you, for a senior, simply opening a medication bottle can be a challenge. As we age, our eyesight tends to go – your loved one may have a hard time seeing how to turn the volume on the TV up or down, not to mention a hard time hearing. Offer a helping hand when you notice some of these tiny issues that may not be an issue at all to you, but can be extremely annoying for seniors.
Engage in conversation. Talking to an aging loved one doesn’t always have to be about health matters or involve questions such as, “How are you feeling” or “Did you remember to take your medicine this morning?” While medications are important, it’s also important to realize seniors enjoy good conversation about other things than themselves. Tell your loved one about what your kids have been up to, what you’ve been doing, even what the weather is supposed to bring. Seniors find normal conversations and interactions with others essential, and it gives them great pleasure to engage in life the way others do.
Instead of viewing it as an obligation, look at caring for a senior as a way to connect. Seniors want to know attention is getting paid to what they say or do, just like we all do. Don’t view caring for a loved one as marking something off your “to-do” list. Instead, spend time with them, listen to them, and look into your loved one’s eyes so that they know you’re really paying attention – and that you care. Connecting is about more than just being physically present, and it means so much to an aging senior.
Care Indeed is available for those in Menlo Park and the surrounding Bay Area who are in need of compassionate home caregivers for your aging loved one. Our services are flexible, so you can count on us for your every need!