31 Days of July 2019 are almost completed and many wonderful people contributed during this month to the celebration of Mandela Day.
This day encourages and allows that…. every person has the individual power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact.
Mandela Day celebrated the contribution of 67 minutes or more… consciously, of so many wonderful people sharing their skills, finances and time, to make a difference for others.
Nelson Mandela left us at the age of 95 – in his last years, his health declined rapidly and he required carers and family support.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others – Nelson Mandela”
The reality is, aging is a fact of life and it affects all of us and our families.
As adult children, when imagining our parents as seniors, we may not fully comprehend the extent to which their aging will affect them or how it will affect us.
If your parents are already seniors and still in good health and living independently, we may not feel any dramatic changes or concerns. However, there will come a time when the effects of aging become more evident and long-term care may be needed.
There are certain things you need to consider.
The well-being of our parents is our ultimate wish as they age.
Elderly care means considering a family member’s emotional, mental and physical well-being.
The essentials necessary to maintain the dignity, physical and emotional well-being of our elderly parents is to ensure that their daily living requirements are met effectively.
These daily basic activities include:
- Functional Mobility (moving while performing activities, getting in and out of bed, in and out of a chair)
- Bathing or Showering
- Personal Hygiene (includes brushing/styling hair, shaving, grooming activities)
- Toilet Hygiene (includes getting to the toilet, self-cleaning, getting up from the toilet)
If they are experiencing any difficulty with these activities, you need to find appropriate help, whether it’s providing care yourself or utilising the services of a home care service.
A-Motus Home Care Services can provide professional elderly home care support.Consider your best option.
There are also other types of daily living activities, not necessarily fundamental, but related to independent functioning, which are called instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs)
- Cooking and Preparing Meals
- Cleaning and Maintaining the Home
- Shopping and Buying Necessities
- Running Errands
- Managing Money and Paying Bills
- Speaking or Communicating on the Phone or Through Other Devices
- Taking Prescribed Medications
Again, it’s important for the overall well-being of elderly parents that their (IADL’s) are taken care of effectively and consistently. If there are obstacles or difficulties with doing these tasks alone, there is help available.
Whether it’s you, other siblings, relatives or friends that can help out, or even professional caregivers from A-Motus, arranging help is possible.
Remember “you are not alone”. Educating yourself means helping your elderly parents get the best support and assistance available.
Bringing our discussion back to Mandela’s quote above,this way you are living in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of your elderly parents.
CONTACT A-Motus Home Care Service company who are able to provide, support companionship care, rehabilitation, frail and dementia care as well as palliative care.
CALL Amanda Jeffrey on +27 83 459 6763