Lots of times people don’t have to think much about their health until something goes wrong. And if that’s been the case for your senior, it can feel difficult for her to prioritize her health and changes that she needs to make for her health. Some of these ideas can help her to put together a plan that works for her life and her needs.
Understand All Health Issues
You and your senior both need to have a full understanding of what she’s up against in terms of her health. Whether she’s dealing with high cholesterol or worried about blood sugar issues, it’s important for you both to have as much information as possible. That helps when addressing everything from sleep to dietary concerns.
Understand Her Medications
Medications are a key part of keeping health issues under control, so it’s vital that you know what to expect from the medications that your senior is taking. Recognizing worsening side effects is a lot easier with some extra help, so lining up home care assistance can be an excellent idea. Keep your senior’s doctor apprised so that they know whether her medications need adjusting.
Troubleshoot Sleep Issues
Sleep issues affect your senior in terms of overall physical health as well as mental and emotional health, too. It’s important to troubleshoot sleeping problems step by step. Even small changes can have a big impact on your elderly family member’s ability to get the sleep that she needs.
Address Loneliness and Isolation
Another important way to prioritize your senior’s health is to help her to address issues related to isolation and to loneliness. Bringing in elderly care providers is an easy and efficient way to increase your senior’s social engagement and to assess her needs for greater assistance.
Put Together a Support System
Having a support system is crucial for you as well as for your senior. Home care assistance can address a variety of needs for your senior and also allow you to do things like take time for respite. You don’t have to tackle every aspect of caregiving on your own, but it’s something that a great many family caregivers wind up trying to do.
Keeping your senior’s health front and center is so important, both for her and for you. Taking the time to put together a comprehensive plan enables you both to make the best decisions possible to support her now and in the future.