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10 Tips on How to be “Neighborly” to Older Adults

Being Neighborly

Our entire business is built around our Nabors being “neighborly.” But all of us have the opportunity to be good neighbors to the older adults in our lives.

Being “neighborly” to an older adult generally means showing kindness, consideration and support towards them — just as you would with any neighbor. For older adults, though, it’s also important to be mindful and respectful of their unique needs and circumstances.

Here are 10 tips for easy ways you can up your game:

  1. Regular Check-ins: Taking the time to regularly check in on them, either through a quick visit or a phone call, can help them feel connected and cared for.
  2. Offering Assistance: Most of us are willing to help others, but those who need help are reluctant to ask. By offering to help older adults before they ask, you will be appreciated. Neighborly help might include picking up something at the store, offering a ride, rolling out the trash cans or replacing the smoke detector batteries so they don’t have to use a stepstool.
  3. Being Respectful of Their Decisions: While it’s important to offer help, it’s equally important to respect they are boss of their own life and make their own decisions. Always ask before helping and respect their choices.
  4. Engaging in Conversation: Most older adults, especially those will live alone, enjoy having someone to talk to. Engaging in meaningful conversations can help them feel valued and reduce feelings of loneliness.
  5. Sharing Meals or Activities: Inviting them for a meal or including them in community activities can be a great way to show care and build a strong relationship.
  6. Being Patient and Understanding: Older adults may move or communicate more slowly. Showing patience and understanding in your interactions is a key aspect of being neighborly.
  7. Emergency Preparedness: Making sure they are safe during emergencies, like power outages or extreme weather, by checking on them or helping them prepare.
  8. Respecting Privacy: While being friendly and helpful is important, it’s also crucial to respect their privacy and personal space.
  9. Listening: Sometimes, just being there to listen to their stories or concerns can be a great comfort.
  10. Including Them: Encourage them to participate in community events and activities, offering a ride if needed, and making sure that the events accessible and welcoming for them.

A mix of practical help, emotional support, and fostering a genuine sense of community and belonging is what it takes to be neighborly to an older adult. In fact, that’s the skill set our Nabors have and it’s what they offer to older adults in their communities.

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