Tips for Helping a Senior Adult Maintain Personal Health

Tips for Helping a Senior Adult Maintain Personal Health
10 May 2018

As our loved ones age, it can become more and more difficult to maintain personal health such as showering, brushing teeth, combing hair, getting the right nutrients and much more. Keeping up with personal hygiene can be a matter of pride for most people, so it can be challenging to help a loved one recognize when they are no longer meeting their own basic needs to stay healthy.

If you or someone you know is dealing with this scenario, the good news is there are a few steps you can take to make it easier for your loved one to address their personal needs and feel empowered by doing so. Take a look!

Communicate Expectations

Foremost, start by explaining, in detail, what’s expected to be done each day, week or month. Your loved one may forget normal expectations or have ones that differ from yours. It’s important to get on the same page about what you want them to accomplish each day such as bathing and brushing teeth. Be sure to also explain the right process for completing these tasks such as how long or with what products.

Make it easy and accessible

Now that you have a process in place, make sure your loved one has everything he or she needs to complete these tasks. This includes purchasing various products and tools they need to complete each tasks safely and easily. The more you can streamline the process, the more likely your loved one is to keep up with their personal health.

Create a calendar

Next, consider making a calendar that shows each day and the tasks your loved one needs to accomplish on that day. You can make it like a check list they work through each morning and night. This calendar will also serve as a prominent reminder so nothing is missed.

Keep them accountable

Keep your loved one accountable for their personal health by checking in with them regularly. While a phone call is easy, you won’t really be able to see and assess the situation unless you visit in person. If you cannot visit in person frequently, consider asking a neighbor or friend to do so. If your loved one lives in a continuing care retirement community, they will have the benefit of on-site caregivers who can regularly check in and address any needs. This is a huge bonus that will give you peace of mind!

Frequently assess their changing needs

Finally and most importantly, your loved one’s needs will change over time. Don’t assume that the personal health plan you put in place a year or so ago still applies to today. Ideally, you should talk with your loved one about taking care of their personal health on a quarterly basis. Ask how they feel about their daily routine and if any task has become more challenging to accomplish. If so, work to find a solution to overcome this challenge. Overtime, these small changes will allow your loved one to maintain independence and pride. It is well worth the effort!

Which of these tips did you find most helpful? Is there another tip on maintaining personal health that you wish to share? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Monica Chavez Says: May 22, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    It’s interesting that you suggest to make a calendar that shows each day and the tasks your loved one needs to accomplish on that day. My grandma is getting pretty old, and it’s becoming really difficult for her to care for herself and remember all of the things she needs to do to manage her health. I think she could really benefit from having a care service help her stay healthy.

    • Marketing Says: May 23, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Thank you for commenting! It sounds like your grandmother might be in the ideal situation to have a caregiver or continuing care retirement community offer her additional assistance. Keeping up with personal health can be really challenging for our aging loved ones, but we most certainly don’t want to see this decline and decrease their quality of life. Some outside assistance could help her tremendously.

  2. A friend of mine is dealing with a loved one that may need elder care services. She wants to do some research to make sure that this is the best thing for her loved one. It might help her to know that their changing needs must be met to maintain good personal health.

  3. Sariah Meagle Says: July 31, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Our grandparents are now having a hard time moving around at home because of their old age. It was explained here that when taking care of seniors, we need to create a calendar of tasks and assess their changing care. Furthermore, it’s advisable to hire professionals for quality in-home senior care.

    • Marketing Says: August 1, 2018 at 6:17 am

      We’re glad that you found the information shared in this article helpful, Saraiah! With a calendar to help keep track of all important daily tasks for your grandparents, you will surely gain organization and peace of mind that their needs are being met.

  4. Sofia Fox Says: August 7, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Nice write up!!
    I really like the way you explained in the blog about senior health. I believe home care services are great initiative in this regard, specifically for the people who don’t have time for their parents.

    • Marketing Says: August 7, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Thank for you commenting, Sofia! Yes, our continuing care retirement community puts a great deal of emphasis on providing top-quality services and support to keep our residents healthy and happy. We love being able to help children be children to their aging parents and not be weighed down by the stress of also supporting their care 24/7. Thanks again!

  5. This is really very helpful information shared. Keep it up.

  6. Carol Harlow Says: October 22, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Really wonderful tips. I appreciate the writing.

  7. Carol Harlow Says: October 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    These tips gonna help me so much. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Marketing Says: October 26, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Thank you for the feedback! We appreciate you letting us know you find these tips helpful. We’ll keep sharing.

  8. Camille Devaux Says: October 26, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I had a friend that was thinking about getting senior care services for a loved one. She wants to make sure that she knows how to pick one. It might help her a lot to know that she should keep the care facility accountable.

    • Marketing Says: October 26, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      That’s great advice for your friend. You absolutely want to be sure you have a continuing care retirement community you can trust like the Middletown Home.

  9. Sara Spencer Says: November 15, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Thanks for sharing such a nice article. The physical and mental health of the human being is significantly influenced by the aging. So, such persons need regular care by their loved ones to deal with such situations. The health issue is one of the major problems during such time period. So, it is really essential to monitor the health condition of your loved one on a daily basis. However, one could also hire a professional to deal with such a situation which is really essential to reduce the stress associated with such situations.

    • Thank you for sharing this comment! Yes, you are right that it is challenging for older adults to monitor their health. Even for family members, this can be an added stress that is not feasible to take on. Looking for outside help can be the perfect solution. Continuing Care Retirement Communities offer a full spectrum of help, from independent living all the way through personalized care.

  10. Great article! I loved the snippet on creating a calendar for organizing loved one’s responsibilities. When it comes to monitoring my grandfather’s health, empathy is key. Nobody knows your loved one more than you do, so it’s easier to pick up on nonverbal cues. Best wishes.

    • Thank you for commenting! Yes, a calendar can be a huge asset to helping an aging loved one keep track of their schedule as well as maintain personal independence. Best of all, it’s something you can create with them together.

  11. Mark Murphy Says: December 14, 2018 at 10:12 am

    I really appreciate your reminder of how the benefit of having a live-in nurse is that they can get any products that tools that your loved one may need. My wife and I have been considering putting my mother in an assisted living facility since she has been having trouble taking care of herself since my father passed away. After reading your article, I will be sure to look into the live-in nurse option instead!

    • Thank you for commenting! We are so glad to hear that this article inspired you and offered some helpful advice. Sending our best to you and your family.

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