How to Help Someone Elderly Live More Independently
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted just how important it is for us to work together to support the most vulnerable people of our population. Elderly people and those with disabilities and health problems have definitely suffered the most, having to self-isolate for months. Loneliness is a serious problem, and when you have issues with mobility and doing even the most basic household tasks yourself, living alone can be a nightmare. Fortunately there are carers, who are seriously underappreciated by society as a whole, but it is also important for neighbours, friends and family of elderly and vulnerable people to do their bit and lend a helping hand at least every now and then. Here are some ways you can help an elderly person live more independently.
Firstly, you can show them how to shop from home. Home delivery has soared in popularity over the pandemic and can be extremely helpful to those who struggle to get to the shops and carry shopping themselves. If this would require teaching your loved one how to use the internet though, perhaps giving them the number of the supermarket they use so they can call and make the purchase this way would be helpful. If the person you are trying to help is too disabled to do this, you can do the shopping for them, which I’m sure they’d appreciate, especially if they get to chat with you before and after you go shopping.
Next, there are many Mobility Aids available that can help disabled people do tasks around the house and look after themselves, whether it’s going up the stairs or getting in and out of the bath.