Living with an elderly person

Article published on March 2, 2017
Article published on March 2, 2017

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In Michigan, Michigan Elder Law makes life easy for youngsters to live with senior citizens. Living with an elderly person can be a challenging task, but it is not impossible. There are many points to be kept in mind if you’re planning to spend quality time with an elderly person. We cannot make a note of each and every point, but we are sharing some of the most important ones below.

 1. Respect the need of older people

Older people might not be in a position to perform every task effectively. However, they would not like it if you ask them to be dependent on you. They love being self-sufficient and independent. So, make sure that you offer assistance only when it is needed.

 2. Create a positive living environment for them

Communicate with your elderly roommate and learn about the ways in which the can feel comfortable. At the same time, it is important for you to share your thoughts with them so that there would be no problems in the future. Learn about the boundaries they wish to create and also set boundaries from your end.

This way, you'll give them they are personal space, and you’ll get your personal space.

 3. Try to listen to them when they share their life experiences

It can be tedious for a youngster to constantly listen to the life experiences of an elderly person that might get repeated over and over again. However, if you’re good and you tell them that you’re bored or irritated by listening to their same old stories again and again, they might get hurt. So, either try to listen to them while they are sharing their life experiences or excuse you in a pleasant way.

 4. Keep the house organized

In today's world, we see that the youngster often turns out to be the troublemaker as far as the organization of the home is concerned. However, in some cases, you might know that it might be in the elderly who would make it tough for you to stay in the room because of the cluttered and unorganized belongings of the elderly. In this situation, make an effort to keep everything organized and uncluttered to make it easy for them to live in the house.

 5. Keep records for them to access it

Accounts like addresses and phone numbers are important for the elderly, and they might not be carrying a mobile phone all the time. Even if they are carrying one, you cannot be sure that will be in a position to remember the number of each and every individual. So, it is a good idea to help them by maintaining their records on paper.

Along with press, make sure that you ask them to keep the records safe with them at a place where they can access it anytime.