Chances are that Grandma and Grandpa both have more slippers, ties, hankies, and robes than they ever expect to use in the next decade. And, chances are that they don’t want one more thing that will go in a drawer or on the shelf in the closet.
What Grandma and Grandpa can really use is the gift of your time and your attention. Sometimes it is more than they can muster to just get the regular household chores done, or gather the fortitude to get the car out on wet or icy roads.
A bowl of cereal or a few crackers and some peanut butter appear to be a sufficient meal when the task of cooking something is just too much bother.
Can you imagine what that must feel like. Yes, that’s why many seniors today fight depression. They are overwhelmed and left alone with too much time and too little energy.
The sad thing is that when people do less and become idle, they also lose strength and endurance, making them more frail. So the cycle spirals downward.
That’s when families and friends can really show how much they care. Here at Keeping In Touch Solutions, we offer a daily call and that does wonders to the mental and physical health of seniors. Knowing that phone will ring and someone is genuinely interested in talking with them changes the daily outlook of many aging folks. Our Care Callers are much more than a robocall or recording, they touch hearts and become a reliable friendly person on the other end of the phone.
Families can give the gift of a daily call from a Keeping In Touch Solutions Care Caller. That gift would make a real difference – more than slippers or scarf!
In addition, family members can give love coupons that will also go a long way to improve physical and mental health in their aging family member. A coupon could be for something that has to be done around the house, but is too much or too challenging like cleaning out gutters, trimming bushes, planting the garden, or cleaning the carpets. Or, a coupon could be for outings of their choice: a trip to the fabric store, library, or a drive through the countryside to see the trees changing color. Coupons good for something each month – it’s not only a nice thing, it’s a promise that will be counted on and redeemed regularly.
By the time seniors reach their golden years, they no longer want things. In fact, many will tell you that priorities and those things that are important to them change. What was important when they were younger has lost its glitter and now relationships, friendships, caring and love are at the top of their lists.
So find a way to show Grandma and Grandpa how much you care. Give them time. Give them attention. Make new memories and you’ll find that, in the end, it will be a gift for all of you.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.