Savvy Tips & Helpful Hints

Helping Grandparents Maintain Their Independence

It can be frustrating to grow old and lose your independence. When it comes to grandparents, it is important to empathize with them by helping them out from time to time. Remember to always be respectful and polite – they will appreciate it. 

You can help them maintain some of their independence by helping them with their errands, activities and social events. No matter how busy life gets, remember to spend quality time with your grandparents this year. 

Visit and call them regularly 

Did you know loneliness is one of the hardest parts of getting old? Simple things like calling them regularly and popping over for a quick visit can really help them to feel less alone. Make sure to chat to them about their day and update them on any family gossip. 

If you live far away, why not send them letters instead? Most grandparents can be overwhelmed by modern technology and receiving an old-fashioned letter would be a nice surprise. Of course, remember to give them a call every once in a while as well. 

Help them with errands

Invite your grandparents out for the day to help you run errands. If they can no longer drive, this is a great way to help them do their errands and spend time with them at the same time. This way they are still doing things on their own – but with just a little helping hand.

You could also help them with spring clearing by minimalizing their belongings. A fresh lick of paint and organised closets will make them feel productive and back on top of things. Use this chance to remove any hazardous things in their home, like loose floorboards and uneven steps. 

Give them a reason to get up and about 

The best way to keep your grandparents sharp is to encourage activities! Organise a weekly event for them to attend in a senior centre. Or if your grandparent prefers to be at home, buy them a pair of Mobility Solutions slippers. They are comfortable, practical and will make walking around their home far more cosy!

Make sure to update their social calendar every month. They can stay up to date with birthdays, family events and their weekly activities. Often grandparents can feel disconnected from the world – by updating their calendar you are keeping them in the loop!