5 Tips for Keeping on Top of your Elderly Loved One’s Health

by | Jul 14, 2021

There will come a time where our loved ones begin to rely on us to provide them with the knowledge and advice they need to keep good care of themselves. Too often, people find themselves with this responsibility and it starts to make them feel a bit overwhelmed.

Looking after your elderly loved one’s health does not have to be as challenging as it first may seem. There are a few steps that we recommend you take that will help you manage their health.

Here are our brilliant tips to help you keep on top of your elderly loved one’s health!

 

1.      Encourage participation in exercise.

Activity is great for keeping the elderly moving and engaged. Whether they take part in small workouts, go for walks or do simple movement exercises – any form of physical activity is good.

Exercising is also a great stress reliever and helps alleviate depression. It is also said that a good amount of exercise improves both your memory and energy.

We always recommend that if you plan to encourage your elderly loved one to participate in physical activity, that you have this approved by their doctor.

 

2.      Schedule essential check-ups and annual vaccinations.

It is important to keep on top of your elderly loved one’s health. Ensure they attend regular check-ups with the dentist, opticians, doctor and more.

Keeping up with their health check-ups is vital for reducing and spotting early signs of illness. It will also help you feel a sense of relief to know that your loved one is okay and being helped.

 

3.      Plan a healthy diet and supplements.

The digestive system slows down with age, that is why it is worth creating a healthy diet plan. Discuss this with your loved one or if they are in a home – enquire about their meal plan.

Balanced and healthy diets not only will help them physically, but it will also have a positive impact on their mental health. Healthy food helps improve mood, gives you more energy and helps you think clearer.

Of course, many elderly people do find in their later years that they are at a greater risk of developing diabetes. That is why they need to maintain a healthy diet and go to their doctor’s check-ups frequently.

 

4.      Encourage plenty of sleep.

Sleep is essential to keep your elderly loved one feeling energised and happy. Serious lack of sleep (chronic sleep deprivation) can cause complications, this should always be taken seriously.

Increased light exposure during the day, exercise, socialising and a good diet will all help your elderly loved one have better sleep.

 

5.      Spend time socialising and encouraging participation.

A great way to keep on top of your elderly loved one’s health is by encouraging them to socialise and be open with you and if applicable, their carers too.

Socialising plays a key part in your loved one’s mental health, it helps them feel more engaged and connected with the world.

Consider them signing up for clubs, activities or take them on small trips out. Anything to get them talking and feeling good will help!

 

 

At Sydenham house, we take priority in looking after our resident’s health. We ensure that we follow healthy and exciting meal plans, encourage lots of socialising through events and group activities as well as providing plenty of space and assistance for exercise.

We understand how important it is to keep our residents feeling happy and well. Our staff will always go above and beyond to help every resident.

To find out more about us, our on-site farm or what activities we host here at Sydenham House you can view our website for more details. If you are looking for help, advice or assistance – please feel free to contact us.