How to Help Your Elderly Neighbors

Last Updated: 12.06.19

 

The best travel wheelchair is the one that is light and can be easily pushed by a companion. Also, a transport wheelchair has small wheels which make it suitable for traveling. People mostly use a travel wheelchair when they have to go for a doctor’s appointment, or when they need to go to the restaurant or to the mall.

There are many types of transport wheelchairs out there and every single one of them promises to offer amazing results. That is why you have to pay attention to multiple factors when you purchase one for yourself or for a family member. The wheelchair must offer increased comfort, too, and sometimes extra cushion needs to be added.

You might not be familiar with transport wheelchairs because no one in your family uses one, but maybe you have heard your neighbors talking about them. We all love our neighbors, and we are willing to help them with anything we can. Down below, we will try to give you some tips on how to make your neighbors’ life a little easier.

Get your neighbor’s name and phone number

The best way to start a relationship with your elderly neighbors is to show them that you genuinely care and the best way to do this is to write down their phone number. Then, what you need to do is to call your neighbors’ house just to check on their health, to make sure that everything is fine. Or you can just say hello, once in a while.

Another way to connect with your neighbors is to actually go to them and knock on the door to introduce yourself. Even if  you’ve been living in the neighborhood for a long time, it is never too late to show people around that you are ready to offer them your support whenever they need it.

People will appreciate your initiative and in return, they will be more than happy to start a nice relationship with you. So, the next time when you see your neighbors in the street you can both say hi to each other and you might even notice that they are open to some small talk, too. It is always a good idea to be friendly and approachable with people around you.

Also, you should pay attention to certain signs which might tell you that something is wrong with your neighbor. Let’s say that you haven’t seen him/her for longer than usual, you might want to ask yourself if something bad has happened. Everyone has their own lifestyle, and there are certain things that almost all of us do on a regular basis.

So, if you know that your neighbor turns the lights off every night, and the last two nights the lights were on, then it is an indication that you need to check on them to see if they are alright. Also, if you notice that the garden is not tended anymore, there is a lot of unopened mail under the door, or there are more milk bottles than normal at their doorstep, these might be other bad signs.

 

Offer physical help

If you are in good shape and feel confident to unload your own groceries then you can help your older neighbor to unload his/her groceries, too. Also, in the winter, when you shovel snow from your property, you shouldn’t stop there and you should also clean your neighbor’s yard, if you can.

Moreover, mowing both your lawn and your neighbor’s will definitely bring a smile to his/her face. That is a very nice way to start the day – with big smiles from people around you. On top of that, you will also experience a great feeling of satisfaction knowing that you have made someone’s day.

Doing good to other people makes us feel better. Another simple way to help your elderly neighbor is to offer to run errands for him/her when you go shopping.

This isn’t difficult at all, but the outcome can be huge. It doesn’t require much effort from you, but for them, it means a lot. Most elderly people find it difficult to leave the house anytime they need to buy something.

That is why it is so important to have someone that can help them purchase certain products for them so that they are not forced to leave the house too often. All you need to do is to ask them if they need anything from the store, because you are going there anyway, and if so, to give you a list with the items that you can fetch while you are there.

Interact with your neighbor’s best friend or family members

It is very important to have a phone number for your neighbor’s closest friend or a family member. So, the next time when your neighbor is visited by people who you’ve noticed come to his/her place on a regular basis, you should introduce yourself.

Just tell them that you would want to let them know if you are ever concerned about their dad (or mom or grandpa/grandma). Moreover, you can offer them your name and phone number in case they want you to check on their friend (or relative).

You have to bear in mind that you are accepting to take on some serious responsibilities, and you should treat this whole situation with utmost seriousness. They might even ask you to be the first contact person if they decide to get your neighbor a wearable device like a bracelet, watch, or necklace.

That is why you shouldn’t feel pressured and you should only do those things that you are comfortable with. So, if you feel that this task is overwhelming for you, you can politely refuse the invitation.

You have to remember that you are not fully responsible for everything that is going on in your neighbor’s life, especially with issues related to his/her health and well-being. That is why you should set boundaries and you should only help with what you can; you are not a caregiver – you are just a nice person who loves to help other people.

 

 

 

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