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How to Care for an Elderly Woman

by Rebecca DeLuccia-Reinstein

Caring for an elderly woman can be a difficult task for anyone unfamiliar with the physical and emotional needs of seniors. A senior who has lost her partner will need more attention, and if illness is also a concern, caring for her will require more than just time and dedication. Understanding the elderly woman's needs is the key to being able to provide her with the best care.

How to Care for an Elderly Woman

Knowing the health background of the senior citizen is an important part of care.

Caring for an older woman includes having a full understanding of her health situation. Getting the information directly from a caregiver eliminates the possibility of receiving incorrect information due to her state of mind.

When caring for an elderly woman, keep an emergency contact list available.

When caring for a senior it is important to have an emergency contact list available in case something should occur. Knowing the names and numbers of doctors and relatives guarantees there will be no confusion during a crisis.

Old photos and memories provide pleasant topics of conversation.

Asking the senior citizen to talk about special memories from her past is a thoughtful way to keep her spirits up while remembering the good times. A photo, old letter or other sentimental item also fosters communication and gives the elderly woman something to talk about.

Finding out what activities the senior enjoys doing is a necessary part of caring for her health and mental well-being. Keeping her level of activity up is a crucial element of nurturing her during the last years of her life.

Create a schedule so the she knows when to expect a visit.

If the elderly woman is spending some of her time alone it can be a helpful idea to keep a schedule posted where she can see it. Include times when visitors will be coming as well as any appointments or activities so that she knows what to expect.

Items you will need
  • Health background
  • Emergency contact list
  • Familiar items such as photos
  • Access to favorite activities
  • A schedule for visiting and other tasks

Tip

  • Reaching out to the community for help can often provide additional resources to assist with the care of the senior. Affordable home care solutions are often available through the woman's medical insurance.

Warning

  • An elderly woman with serious health concerns should not be left alone. Injury or death can occur from chronic conditions. Ask the senior's caregiver or doctor for details, if possible.

About the Author

Rebecca DeLuccia-Reinstein has been a freelance writer since 2004. She is a native New Yorker based in Pennsylvania. Her writing includes books, manuals, training guides and articles published as a ghostwriter and she has covered topics such as education, sales, art and psychology. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.

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