Staying positive in the light of difficult circumstances is never easy.
Yet, it is possible. For an aging person, perhaps in their 70s or 80s, elder care can make a world of difference. In fact, an experienced elder care aide can potentially help them be more positive, even as they face chronic health issues, declining strength, and other challenges that come with aging.
Not all elder care providers are the same, so it’s important to make sure to find the right one for the senior in your life (or you). When you do, you’ll likely realize that agencies have some of the most experienced, dedicated, compassionate individuals working within the field of elder care.
Now, below are three simple ways that seniors can be helped to remain positive, even when facing challenging circumstances that may or may not improve with time.
A focus on activity.
This is a point of contention with some family members who are concerned about the safety and well-being of their aging loved ones. They worry that if the senior participates in certain activities, he or she will be put at risk.
No one is going to willingly put an elderly person at risk. However, that doesn’t mean these men and women have to sit home twiddling their thumbs, staring at the walls or watching endless reruns on TV.
Experienced elder care aides help aging men and women -their clients- focus on activities they enjoy and that they can still do, even if they require some physical support to do them. Going for a walk at a local park, visiting with friends, or even pursuing a new hobby, like arts or crafts are all examples of activities that help people remain positive, even during the most difficult of times.
Becoming a buffer for family members.
When a family member acts as a primary caregiver to an elderly parent or grandparent, for example, it can create a great deal of friction in that relationship. The relationship, in essence, completely changes. The child -even though they are an adult by this time- becomes the parent to the parent.
That’s not easy for many aging men or women to handle. Being told what they can or can’t do by their adult daughter or son, for example, can exacerbate the friction.
An elder care aide becomes a buffer. This allows family members to focus on the relationship rather than the care this senior needs. That helps the aging person remain more positive in those relationships.
Knowing somebody is always going to be there.
When a family member acts as a primary caregiver and has other responsibilities, like a job, they might not be able to support the senior when he or she needs it. They may delay stopping over, cancel a visit, or completely forget.
That isn’t going to happen with a professional elder care agency. That elderly person will know, without question, somebody is going to be at their house, supporting them, when they need it. That is a wonderful way to help them stay positive during this transition to elder care.