The gift of your time is cherished by seniors at the holidays and throughout the year.

5 simple ways to support elderly loved ones through the holiday and beyond

Feeling valued and connected is vital

While the holidays can be one of the most joyous times of the year, they can also be challenging for seniors.

It’s easy to assume a senior with mobility difficulties doesn’t want to help with dinner preparations, for example, when in fact they really want to be involved and contributing.

With the holidays on the horizon, here are five simple ways to support your loved ones:

  1. Make visiting easy: Although they may not be as mobile as they once were, it’s important to include seniors in plans as much as possible, while recognizing their limitations, suggests Kathy Tough, owner of Victoria’s Serenity Home Care with husband Murray. For example, if your elderly parent no longer drives, arrange for someone to pick them up, and in a vehicle that’s easy for them to get in and out of.
  2. Ask seniors about their lives: Seniors are a wealth of life experience and family history and as everyone gathers at the holidays, “it’s an opportunity, especially with grandchildren involved, to ask about how they used to celebrate when they were little and share stories and traditions,” Kathy suggests. “The best gift you can give the elderly is your time.”
  3. Ask for their help: Does your grandma have a special dish she’s known for? Maybe she can help you prepare it. It’s all about building connections and making sure everyone in the family feels valued.
  4. Plan for the post-holiday slump: Recognize that after the excitement of the holidays, the new year can be an extremely lonely time for seniors – visiting family have gone home and those nearby are likely busy again with children, school and work. That social isolation can in turn affect seniors’ well-being, mentally, emotionally and physically, and companion services can be vital.

    “One of the most significant things we do with many of our clients is simply visit, taking them on outings to the park or library or just for a drive,” Kathy says. “We have one gentleman whose children are both out of town, so we regularly take him for a drive, just so he gets out and gets to see what’s going on.

    Another client loves to play bridge, but her eyesight makes it challenging, so her caregiver sits by her side and helps her read the cards.

    “It’s supporting their interests and keeping active and doing the things they want to do to,” Kathy says.

  5. Find peace of mind: For out of town family, having an extra set of eyes also brings peace of mind that an elderly parent is doing well, and awareness when they’re not. Often seniors don’t want to worry their family, so children may not realize that mom isn’t eating so well, or dad’s in pain, Kathy says. “We can be that bridge, providing feedback to the family and support for our client.”

***

Serenity Home Care provides both companion services and home care. Visit on Facebook or learn more at seniorhomecarevictoria.ca.

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Cyclist defecates, throws own poop at car in Victoria

Prior to fecal incident, witnesses said cyclist was verbally abusive to driver

It took 10 Victoria households’ worth of property tax to remove the John A. Macdonald statue, watchdog says

The Grumpy Taxpayer$ group says the $30,000 could have been reduced with better planning

Reducing harm with ‘I carry naloxone’ buttons

Victoria-based designer makes buttons with social justice messages

Coin-opperated pinball arcade opens in downtown Victoria

Quazar’s Arcade offers new and retro games, with approval from Jeff Goldblum

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Laine scores 3 as Jets double Canucks 6-3

Injury-riddled Vancouver side drops sixth in a row

Deportation averted for Putin critic who feared return to Russia

Elena Musikhina, a vocal critic of the Kremlin, has been granted a two-year visitor’s permit in Canada

Outreach group ordered to stop feeding homeless on City of Parksville property

City issued Manna Homeless Society cease and desist order after complaints from public

Victim’s girlfriend testifies on first day of 2016 Chemainus murder trial

“I was soaked in blood from the neck down”: witness

B.C. to allow Uber-style ride hailing services to operate in late 2019

Fee will be applied to fund options for disabled people

Auditor general takes aim at Liberals’ fighter-jet plan

Suditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada’s attempts to buy new fighter jets

B.C. couple converts ambulance into a traveling home

The Revelstoke couple plan on touring B.C. ski hills then driving to Mexico

Jamie Koe, other curlers kicked out of bonspiel for being too drunk

‘You don’t kick around other players’ bags, it’s disrespectful and we expect better of our players’

Most Read