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*This post is in collaboration with Age UK Mobility.
With the whole of the UK still in lockdown for the foreseeable, it can be difficult to cope with when you’re missing your loved ones, especially elder relatives. With most of us living in a different household from those closest to us, taking care of loved ones whilst in lockdown can be difficult. I am happy to live in a house which only has a low fence between my elderly neighbour and I, so we can talk whilst social distancing. Plus, I know he likes to see our rabbits. It’s a great feeling to be able to provide that open communication with him as it must get lonely living alone during these times. I’m grateful that my Grandparents have each other, but I still wish I could do more for them. However, I’ve picked up some great ideas so far on how to take care of your relatives whilst in lockdown.
Pick up the phone to your relative
If you’re like me, you’re missing your grandparents like mad, with them living so far away, I haven’t been able to see them since January and it makes me really sad. My grandma has a condition which affects her breathing as she only has one functioning lung, so her isolation began way before lockdown. It was her birthday in April so I gave her a phone call and it felt great to be able to hear her voice and chat for a little while. Regular phone calls and messages with your grandparents can really make the world of difference.
Use the services provided by Age UK Mobility
If your elderly relative is in need of further help such as getting a stairlift fitted, or a suitable bath or shower, Age UK Mobility are still able to help. They’re offering a virtual appointment to assess the property before coming out to fit the equipment. This is usually done in person, however, this appointment limits the face to face contact needed. If the assessment is all ok, then the staff at Age UK Mobility can come out and fit the equipment whilst using strict measures to keep your relatives safe. If you’re looking to help a relative with this, getting in touch with Age UK Mobility and setting up the first steps can be a great help. To find out more, you can check out the steps they’re taking during these times.
Send a hamper of goodies
This is my favourite thing to do for my grandparents, sending out a hamper of goodies can be a fantastic way to show someone how much they mean to you, whether you order it from an online site such as Cadbury Gifts Direct or are looking to create your own when you do your weekly shop, the thought is what matters. Or if you fancy creating a bundle of self care goodies, there are plenty of online stores and small businesses which are now offering delivery so you can get it sent directly to their house.
I hope these tips have given you some inspiration on how to take care of a loved one during lockdown.
Stay safe and keep positive