You are never a burden!

This post is written with the intention of helping you and your loved ones to have a better idea of how to accept help as you age.

No matter how old we are, accepting that we need help (and asking for it) can be difficult. This is due to the fact that while we often go to great lengths to be there for others, we don’t want to burden those around us or feel as though we’re inconveniencing them.

While this is a perfectly natural response, refusing to ask for help will only allow your problems – whether they be financial or emotional, to develop and worsen.

As a result, we all need to get a little better at asking for help.

However, this is particularly important as we get older, and our needs change and develop rapidly.

Furthermore, it’s doubly important to know what help and services are available to you so that you can connect with the right people and support systems.

With that in mind, here are some different forms of support that you may wish to seek out in order to put your worries to bed.  

Live-in Care

For many older adults, the idea of moving away from their home and into a care home is unappealing due to the fact that they do not want to leave behind what is familiar to them.

Additionally, you may feel as though moving to a care home signifies a loss of independence or capabilities – though this is not always the case.

However, it’s important to note that should you require full-time medical assistance and support, there are various alternatives to care homes that you could consider. For example, you may want to consider live-in care instead.

This means that a carefully selected carer will be on hand to provide you with 24/7 support, meaning you can still keep up your current hobbies and schedule while receiving the care you need. 

Emotional Support

One of the biggest problems associated with ageing are feelings of anxiety, loneliness and stress. These things also affect your sleep – which results in poorer health overall.

As a result, it is important that you have access to the appropriate support networks and when you need them.

For example, while you may feel as though you do not want to concern your friends and family, you should ensure that you speak to them whenever you are feeling down – and even just a quick phone call can make a huge difference to your mood.

Additionally, there are plenty of charities that can provide you with emotional support and guidance. In some cases, you may also benefit from speaking to your doctor. 

Companionship

At any age, it can be hard to know exactly how to cope with loneliness and isolation. However, one of the easiest ways to achieve this goal is by seeking out companionship.

For example, you may want to pick up a new hobby where you can connect with others who share similar passions or interests to you.

Alternatively, you can look into joining a community support group, or sign up for a befriending scheme.

If you don’t always feel up to leaving the house – don’t worry, there are plenty of befriending schemes that operate entirely online or over the phone.

A good (and meaningful) conversation is just a few clicks away. 

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