If you are caring
for an elderly loved one at home, you should make them
as comfortable and safe as possible. This can reduce
stress for you, as well as, your loved-one. The more
secure your loved-one feels, the less the likelihood of
them becoming confused, aggressive, or agitated. There
are simple, little changes you can make to ensure a
heightened level of contentment for your loved-one.
small, lightweight pitcher. Keep it filled with
water at all times in a convenient place for your
loved-one to get at. Remind them periodically about
drinking plenty of water and where the pitcher of water
is located. Staying adequately hydrated can ward off a
number of different ailments like headaches,
sleeplessness, and appetite suppression. Itís great for
overall health and well being.
placing a lot of mirrors around your home.
Mirrors can seem confusing for elderly people because
they may not recognize their own reflection. Also,
walking up to a mirror can startle or confuse them. If
you like to have mirrors in your home, buy smaller
mirrors and hang them relatively high on the walls. This
is to prevent your loved one from seeing their
Use large dials and number
pads. If your loved one enjoys watching
television, buy a remote with large numbers. If your
loved one can still use the phone, make sure the keypad
has oversized numbers. Also, place digital clocks around
your home because they are easier for your loved one to
read. This will keep them from getting frustrated with
trying to read the traditional three-hand clocks.
loved-oneís clothing in basic colors like black, tan,
white, cream and green. This will make it
easier for them to pick out their own outfit. In
addition, place all their shirts on one side of the
closet and shorts, pants and skirts on the other side.
Take any clothes they havenít chosen to wear in a while
out of their closet and keep them in another closet or
It is better for
your loved one to make as many decisions as possible.
This helps them to feel in control and a sense of
importance. The main thing is to limit choices, too many
can be confusing and overwhelming
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