Elder Care Tips For Quality of Life
By Lance Winslow
If you are helping an older relative or senior, then it is important to make sure that they are enjoying their quality of life. One issue with the standards of living of older seniors is that they are on a fixed income and often, inflation has eroded their buying power, and it leaves them scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to cope. But, money is not always the issue, more importantly is that they need to feel important, worthy, and needed still.
As our society changes, it often unfortunately leaves behind those who have given so much. Let's talk about some of the other needs beyond monetary needs for quality of life. Often seniors are interested in spiritual quests, and getting them involved with like-minded folks of a certain religion or in search of enlightenment can make the difference. Sometimes, they will not initiate such an activity on their own, but perhaps you can help facilitate this a little.
Many seniors have a hobby or special interests they'd like to pursue, it might even be learning something new, and so there are on-going education classes, hobby groups, and peer group activities available, but you have to look and someone has to make that call, arrange a meeting, help them get involved.
Nothing makes someone feel more important than volunteering, or perhaps part time employment, as many businesses and non-profit groups really could use a hand from someone responsible, trust worthy and dedicated. That's hard to find these days.
Most importantly, family is something that is very important to the older generations, maybe help them put together a scrap book, do some genealogy, facilitate online communication with younger family members, or arrange grandchildren visits. Please be thinking here, because if it were you, you'd sure like to have someone help you with these things.