Helpful Tips For Elderly Care!
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We all have the potential to be a helper or caregiver to a friend, neighbor, parent, or anyone the Lord puts in our pathway. Training is essential, but having a heart for the person you care for is more than half the battle. You can be a good caregiver if you have the heart to help.
If you can treat the person you are giving care to the way you would want to be taken care of, that is the Golden Rule that will benefit everyone involved! I was blessed to be able to take care of my mom for the last eight years of her life. ~ Bill Greguska
Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honor your father and mother”—the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
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That is why I felt that when my mom was in her 80s when my stepdad Charley died. There was no question that I would care for my mom as the primary caregiver for the next eight years. My mom clarified that she specifically, indeed, that she did not want to go into a nursing home. We worked things out by moving her back into her original house where I was living. Thankfully my mom was very intellectually sharp, yet her body was breaking down from diabetes, Asthma.
That is understandable if you can not care for your parents, but many good caregiver companies can help you with your aging parents. I am working at “Right At Home Caregivers,” and I highly recommend them. If you care for an elderly loved one or friend, I can share the most important advice: “To take care of them as you want them to care for you.” This is the golden rule found in Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Elderly Care For Your Parents And Loved Ones!
Here Are A Few Tips On How To Care For An Elderly Loved One!
- Treat the elderly as you would want to be treated someday.
- Be aware of who to call for information when needed.
- Have an awareness of their diet, medication, and limitations.
- Post emergency contacts, phone numbers, and addresses on the refrigerator.
- Check expiration dates on medication and foods. Dispose of all medications and food properly that are no longer good or needed.
- Understand the older person by getting to know them and asking questions about their life. Reminisce about their past.
- Be aware that they have their habits and familiar ways and work around their needs.
- Have a flashlight by the bed in case of emergency.
- Always be respectful yet also have a sense of humor too.
- Do not promise something you can not deliver.
- Clear pathways of clutter, loose carpeting, etc.
- Set healthy boundaries for everyone’s good like
- Make sure the chairs and recliners are safe and solid.
- Have safety precautions such as rails, ramps, and other basics.
- Consider getting a raised toilet seat. Use rubber mats in the bathtub.
- If you do not know something, contact the doctor, pharmacist, nurse, or whoever has the answers you need to help them.
- Try to think about what they like, dislike, love, and fear, and comfort them in any way you can.
- In your mind, be their bodyguard, meaning make sure they do not trip, fall, or get hurt.
- Clearly mark the stove with tape or nail polish dials, especially the OFF position.
- Have fun with them and share parts of your life when appropriate, but do not weigh them down with your problems.
BELOW ARE 14 TIPS FOR ELDERLY CARE AT HOME:
1. Make Changes In The House
- Remove all kinds of extra cluttered furniture around the house that might make it difficult for your elders to move around freely.
- Have grab bars near the toilet and the shower. I know they don’t look good – but they are a must.
- Smoke detectors with a vibrate or strobe lighting can wake seniors when conventional devices don’t.
- Anti-scald devices for showers and faucets protect older skin and prevent severe burns. Or set the water heaters at 120 degrees – to a “low” temperature.
- Ensure all cables and wires are tucked away to prevent slips or falls.
- Install non-skid mats, strips, or pads in the toilet, bathtub or shower, and other slippery areas of the house.
- Carbon monoxide detectors are suggested as older adults are at risk of even a low concentration of the deadly gas.
- Make sure night lights are installed strategically around the house so that when your elders go to the bathroom or fetch water at night, they can find their way around.
2. Keep Track
3. Hire Someone
4. Cater For Expenses
5. Visit Them Often
6. Regular Exercise
7. Be Careful With Medicines
8. Driving Problems
9. Stay Away From Scams
10. Talk About Finances
12. Get The Elders Involved
The best way to reconnect them with the world is to involve your elders in socially valuable activities. Now that they don’t have to manage kids or careers, most seniors like the opportunity to reach out and help others. With age setting in and their losses, many elders become isolated and lonely, while others suffer from depression.
Take care of your elders and ensure they stay connected with the rest of the world. They have years of wisdom to pass on to others. And they prefer doing this to sitting at home doing nothing or watching television. Your parents or seniors could also join voluntary programs or participate in educating those who need it – their way of helping others. Sadly, a few elders prefer remaining home, leading to unhappiness, depression, and other ailments. They feel they don’t have a purpose in life any longer. Life doesn’t end when they get old, which you must convey.
13. Make Friends
14. Sharing Meals
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Leviticus 19:32 ESV
“You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
1 Timothy 5:1-2 ESV
Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.
Proverbs 23:22 ESV
Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Psalm 71:9 ESV
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.
Proverbs 20:29 ESV
The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of older men is their gray hair.
Proverbs 16:31 ESV
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.
Job 12:12 ESV
Wisdom is with the aged and understanding in length of days.
Isaiah 46:4 ESV
Even to your old age, I am he, and to gray hairs, I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
Psalm 71:18 ESV
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
Exodus 20:12 ESV
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
1 Timothy 5:8 ESV
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Job 32:7 ESV
I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’
Psalm 92:12-14 ESV
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,
1 Timothy 5:1 ESV
Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers,
Titus 2:2-3 ESV
Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women, likewise, are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
Joel 2:28 ESV
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
Isaiah 40:31 ESV
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 90:12 ESV
So teach us to number our days so that we may get a heart of wisdom.
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