Keeping an eye out for your elderly neighbour
It can seem that communities are not as strong as they once were, with the rise in technology people tend to stay in their houses much more than they once did. There was a time where everyone on the street knew each other, in many places it seems that this is fading away. However, we must keep an eye out for our elderly neighbours. They might be lonely or bored, and visiting them or inviting them round for dinner might make their week!
This is especially important for elderly people who don’t have any family. They might rely on their neighbours to watch out for them. Without families, they are left particularly vulnerable, especially if they have to move into nursing homes. You might want to continue to visit them when they do move into a home to make sure they are ok. There has been a rise in nursing home bed rail injuries and stories of abuse, and those with no family are particularly at risk.
Here are some tips for how you can keep an eye out for your elderly neighbour.
We all have busy lives and it can be hard to make time for everyone. However, an occasional visit, even if it is just for ten minutes can go a long way. If you have any children or grand-children then you may also want to bring them over. Most elderly people love seeing children and it is beneficial to both of them to spend time together.
Invite them round for dinner
If an elderly person lives on their own then they may find it difficult to keep on top of cooking nutritious meals. It can be hard to motivate yourself to cook something nice if it is just you alone. Therefore, inviting them round for dinner occasionally is a great way to connect with them. For some nutritional meal ideas click here.
Check on their pets
If they have any pets it could also be a good idea to check on them. If they have a dog, you may want to ask if they need help walking them.
Offer to take them to appointments
A lot of elderly people don’t like to be a burden. They might be struggling to make it to doctors’ appointments or get their hair done. Sometimes it is up to you to ask them if they need any help, especially if they don’t have family nearby.
Check if anything needs doing around the house
If they don’t have family nearby then you may also want to ask if they have any jobs they need doing in the house. They might be struggling to continue to clean, especially anywhere low to the ground or high up. They might also be unable to mow their grass.
This can be depressing for elderly people when they are unable to look after their house. Offering to do some small jobs for them might have a big impact.