As we age, the discussion of needing more assistance in daily life becomes more frequent. While it's common for older adults to seek the help of a caregiver, it can also lead them to feel like they are losing their independence. Constantly having someone around to help with day-to-day life can feel overwhelming at times and can even lead some to feel unfulfilled.
As a caregiver, whether professionally or personally, it's your responsibility to make sure that individual is taken care of. Following a care routine can be very helpful, but it's important to be mindful of how they feel about being taken care of. For some, it can a challenge to accept help when they've been the provider for most of their lives. Showing your appreciation for the seniors in your life can make a positive impact on their perception of accepting help from others.
Send Handwritten Notes
Many older adults were raised in a time where sending letters was the norm for communication. This means they often took pride in their penmanship, their style of writing, etc. It’s no secret writing letters is no longer common practice for communicating with loved ones, but can still be very effective. Taking the time to write a simple note expressing your gratitude for the older adults in your life can make a huge impact on their day. While it may not take long to do, you acknowledging and appreciate them it can mean everything.
Spend Time with Them and Listen to Their Stories
We all have life stories we love to share with others, however older adults may not have many people to spend time with to chat about theirs. If they're willing and able to share, be sure to actively listen by asking questions. Asking questions and engaging with the specifics in their stories can encourage them to share more and help them feel heard. Taking a trip down memory lane may lead to an exciting conversation you both will enjoy and remember for the years to come.
Ask Them for Advice
One of the best parts of aging is the wisdom that comes with life experiences. Many older adults love to share their experiences and lessons learned over the years. While there may be times the advice given may not necessarily be what you were looking for, it may help you grow closer to them and learn more about what their life was like before you knew them.
Simply Tell Them That You Care
Stop and smell the roses. We often get so caught up in day-to-day activities we forget to express gratitude for the little things in life. Tell them how much you appreciate them. This is probably the most simple and impactful way to show appreciation to the loved ones in your life. It can be easy to lose track of what’s important by thinking of the perfect gesture. Don’t over think it. It can take you less than a minute to say this, but can create a huge impact and last impression.
At Senior Helpers, our caregivers are caring and compassionate individuals who enjoy making a difference in their communities. It is our goal to provide exceptional in-home care while making genuine connections. If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about our services, visit our website or contact us for more information.