Some Tips For Taking Care Of The Elderly

Some Tips For Taking Care Of The Elderly

Elderly people are prone to be very much dependent on others in the house both emotionally and physically. Because of their difficulties and physical conditions, they are prone to get agitated, frustrated, and confused for the smallest of reasons. Hence, it is the duty of the younger ones in the house to provide proper elder care and prevent such inconveniences for them.

You would not need to do anything life changing for them, rather, just a little bit of help and support here and there would make the difference. So, here are some tips on providing the best elder care.

Buy a pitcher

Most elderly people have trouble when it comes to getting enough water throughout the day, in addition to the hardships of taking it themselves when you are not around. To help them with this, buy a small, lightweight pitcher and place it somewhere convenient for them. Additionally, make sure that you keep it filled with water at all times. You may need to remind them to drink water often and where the pitcher is kept. Water plays an important role to help alleviate minor ailments such as headaches, sleeplessness, and appetite suppression. It also improves overall health considerably.

Avoid too many mirrors

The state of mind of an elderly is much different from ours. In addition to their deteriorating health conditions, having to get startled or confused at the sight of too many mirrors can make things worse. In some situations, they may not be able to recognize their own reflection if their eyesight is poor. To ensure proper elder care, change your mirrors to smaller sized ones or take out the ones in their room. You may also consider placing the current ones higher.

Large dials and number pads

You can provide better elder care by using larger dials and number pads wherever necessary. For example, you may replace the remote of your TV with one that has large numbers. Also, consider placing a phone that has oversized numbers, which are much easier to read. You may also replace analog clocks with digital ones, as the three hand ones can be confusing for some.

In addition to all these, make sure that you ask them specifically about their preferences, especially before taking decisions concerning them, which would give them a sense of importance and control that is very much necessary for their age.

Brooke Sutton, President, RN

Brooke Sutton, owner of Sutton Home Care and a Springfield native, is a fully licensed Registered Nurse with over ten years experience in the healthcare field.

Brooke provides trusted home care services to numerous patients in the Springfield market which has earned her agency the reputation of being the premier home care agency in this area.
Brooke Sutton’s journey to the home care sector began while she was working as a Registered Nurse at Lakeland Behavioral Health.While at Lakeland, she learned and developed her skill working with psychiatric patients as well as patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. After Lakeland, Brooke worked as a Community Health Nurse for the Arc of the Ozarks providing home health care services to dual diagnosis patients living at home.Brooke has also worked in the Emergency Room setting which has given her the ability to recognize and communicate problems and potential issues before they arise.

Brooke and her husband Sean live in Springfield and have three children (Brett who is twelve, Karaline who is eight, and Henry who is four).Brooke is active in church and enjoys spending her free time at Table Rock Lake or with family and friends.
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