Here is your simple guide to caring for someone who is elderly.
If your loved one is home alone make sure you check in on them. Checking in with them once a week is not enough you will need to be in constant contact with each other. Getting the person who is in your care up to date with a mobile phone wouldn't go short a mile either in fact this will help out on your end as well as theirs! There is one thing that the elderly love doing and it's keeping up with what the family has been up to and this is a great way for them to keep in contact with both you and other loved ones as well.
Hire a helping hand
Living at distance may be one of the reasons you are looking at hiring a professional and it may just be that you are unable to check in on them every day. There are many in-home care professionals you can find online to help solve this.
Get them out and about!
Imagine sitting inside on a sunny day staring out the window. Put yourself in the shoes of your loved one. Get them out and exploring the local or surrounding area this will help lift their spirits and get you doing some exercise.
Play a sport with them
Maybe lawn bowls aren't your high school sport of choice like rugby or netball. But there is a range of other sports you can get them into maybe golf? tennis? or even a walking group!
Finally, create a safe environment
Perhaps there are stairs or slight rises around the property that could present a tripping hazard? There are many safety ramps you can look at to see if they could be of assistance.
But remember always take care of yourself first so you can take care of your loved one too.