If the elder has a form of dementia, they may feel the chaotic vibes that often surrounds a wedding and it might unsettle them. This could cause the grandmother or grandfather to withdraw or become non-compliant with what is being asked of them.
Even if the elder doesn’t have a form of dementia, the changes required for the day may be too tiring for them to cope with on their own and too difficult for a family member or carer to manage on top of everything else they need to organise on the day. After all, you want to be able to enjoy the day and have time to speak to guests, friends and other family or relatives.
Our Hourly Caregivers and Live in Carers are highly knowledgeable and experienced in caring for elders. We have a real passion for giving elders the time they need, the respect they deserve and the opportunity to be comfortable.
Elders adore family celebrations, such as a wedding or monumental birthday of a grandchild and should have the freedom to attend these special events or celebrations for their mental well-being and inclusion at any social event or function.
Typically our role, as a carer can include any or all of these duties:
1. Assistance with grooming, bathing / showering and selecting an outfit;
2. Help with toileting and getting dressed;
3. Preparing and cooking a healthy meal or snack;
4. Reminding and prompting with medication;
5. Transportation to the ceremony then to the reception.
At the wedding
1. Guidance to meet and greet other guests, as well as family members and guests;
2. Assistance with toileting throughout the wedding ceremony and reception;
3. Navigation of the wedding venue and ensure the family member or elder is seated in the correct area;
4. Assist with photo opportunities with the bride and groom, as well as the rest of the family, close friends, relatives and guests;
5. Enable socialisation with extended family members, friends and communication with wait staff;
6. Assistance with eating such as, cutting food into smaller pieces and location of beverages and food;
7. Ensuring the family member or elder has sufficient fluids throughout the day;
8. Ensure medication is taken when required, during the wedding and reception;
9. Guide the elder to walk (or dance!!!) safely, for instance bringing and pushing their wheelchair.