How To Treat Grandparents With Respect And Care
Along with their unconditional love, care, the luxury of play and bedtime stories, our grandparents marked our childhood. Now it’s time for us to give meaning to the winter of their lives and make them young and vibrant again. If they could make some time out of their busy schedules to simply be with us, we can do the same. But it will be even more precious now since you are enhancing their old days.
Make more time for fun and less for worry
Whenever you can make them enjoy your company. Even when things are not perfect keep them motivated, happy and loved. Kindly remind them of the fact that nothing lasts forever. Neither the hard times they are experiencing right now nor the rainbow in the sky. Evoke happy memories from your childhood when you used to spend more time together. It will stir carefree feelings at a drop of a hat.
Make the most of your joint walks
If possible, enjoy regular walks with your grandparents. It’s not just walking for health but also visiting places that your grandparents still find amusing. Make them feel like a tourist and you being their guide. Turn it into a time travel. Go to see their favorite town nooks once they cherish most being that a museum or a first date spot. On your way back meet up with their friends if they feel so or just go shopping and buy them a diary to treasure their experiences.
Help them to be more socially engaged
Go on a quest for senior centers. This idea may be opportune because your grandparents can get started in making connections and friends. Also, they can play social games such as bingo, chess or lottery. Always start with things your grandparents loved in the past. You may as well enroll them in a workshop that will perfectly match their interests. They will explore and eventually unleash their creative side and have less time to think about the transience of life.
Make their home guest-ready at any time
Make yourself actively involved in household choirs and help out without being asked for. Help them with simple daily chores, from making beds, washing dishes, taking out the trash to weekly ones like doing the laundry, vacuuming, and dusting. They will feel more comfortable once their home is clean and organized.
Seek advice and listen carefully
Instead of consulting expert books ask your grandparents for the information you need to know. They are more experienced than most of the writers due to their immense life experience. You will avoid uninspiring and tedious tips by simply listening to their lighthearted and honest chatter. Ask them about their life philosophy, their major regrets or what they still want to achieve. The answers may bring you down a path you have never considered before. Your curiosity will make them feel appreciated and respected.
Keep their health in check
It is normal to get sick more often at old age. Help them to maintain regular appointments with their doctor. If they are unable to perform everyday hygiene tasks they do need extra support. Still, pursuing a hospice care as a last resort when preferable ones like a care person have failed. Above and beyond everything else they were our guardians when we needed them most so now is the time we nurture our relationship with them and care for them. Love them above all. If it weren’t for them you wouldn’t be here… think about it.