In 2020, many of us have been separated from those we love as a result of country-wide lockdowns and social distancing policies. Whilst this has been difficult for everyone, it has been a particularly hard time for the elderly, who have been isolated from the outside world – sometimes for months on end. However, that does not mean that you can’t find ways to take care of your parents (or grandparents) during this time!
One of the main issues that elderly people face each and every day is loneliness, therefore it is essential that you check in with them regularly. It can be as simple as sending a text on a busy day, or organising a video call for the whole family so that everyone can chat and catch up. However, you chose to stay in touch, ensure you remain in frequent contact – as this will help raise their spirits on difficult days. If you have small children, you will be able to see how something as simple as a phone call will bring a huge smile to your parents (and your child’s) face!
If your parents have limited mobility, you should ensure that their home is accessible – for example, you should ensure that they get a stairlift installed if they are struggling to get up and down the stairs several times a day. Doing so will give you peace of mind, and make life much easier for them, whilst also minimising the risk of them falling or getting injured. If you want to find out more about home lift installation and maintenance, get in touch with Terry Lifts.
Send them a treat!
Sending a small gift to your parents, or even a card to your parents/grandparents during this time is a great way to let them know you are thinking of them and that you can’t wait to see them again soon. It can be something as simple as dropping off a box of their favourite chocolates on their doorstep one morning – and it is certain to brighten their day considerably. You can also have your little one write them letters or draw pictures!
You should also ensure they have access to appropriate technology, such as a functioning phone, PC or laptop, especially if you want to host group video calls. Wi-Fi is also important, as it allows them to connect to the outside world and complete tasks such as filling in an online will and online banking.
Nobody likes eating alone, so why not organise a video call during your evening meal? If you set your laptop up by the table, you can have a conversation over dinner – almost as though you are eating together in person! This is a great way to ensure that you speak to each other every day and can help fight feelings of loneliness that you or your parents may be feeling. However, this does mean that you can’t ask them for help with the washing up!