Time for the Spring Check-In With Your Senior Loved Ones

Birds are chirping, flowers are budding and the days are longer than the nights. Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to make sure the senior loved ones in your life are ready for the season. Continuing Covid lockdowns make this particularly difficult for loved ones in residential care facilities, but it’s still important to do as much as possible remotely.

  • Make sure they have good quality outdoor clothing & shoes. Seniors are sometimes as bad as children when it comes to over-wearing specific articles of clothing. It’s up to you to make sure those threadbare, worn or even dangerous bits of gear get repaired or replaced.
  • Medicine cabinet check. Make sure their prescription drugs are in good supply. Go through their over the counter drugs, supplements and personal care products checking expiration dates. You’d be surprised how quickly those dates sneak up on you.
  • Fridge check. The same for their fridge, freezer & pantry; get rid of those old lentils & freezer burned chicken cutlets now.
  • Activity time. Make sure they have something new to do during the season. It could be a new game to play, a new show to binge, a new park to walk in. Anything to inject a little newness and variety into their lives.

As always, handle these matters with delicacy & respect. These are your elders, not your children and treating them as such will only turn this into an argument.

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