Some of the most challenging decisions families face involve whether to place their aging parent into a nursing home. We hear that often from the people we work with.
They are usually worried about their loved one’s safety at home. Sometimes they are worried that their parent is not taking medications correctly, or that they are no longer able to prepare nutritious meals. Often they are concerned their parent may suffer from elder loneliness or that they are too often bored at home.
If you are an adult child of a senior citizen who lives alone, and you are struggling to keep your parent active and engaged, then this post is for you!
We’ve compiled a few of our best ideas below. If you have others, we’d love to hear; feel free to send us an email.
Field trips, which offer an occasional break from the at-home routine, can help stave off boredom in older adults. An afternoon in a local museum or an evening concert can be wonderful fun for seniors. Even a jaunt through the park or a simple stroll through the mall can work wonders. And don’t overestimate the fun of a restaurant visit.
Organized exercise activities have the benefit of challenging both body and mind. Gentle flow yoga classes and dance lessons get seniors up and moving while also giving them a bit of social interaction. Walking groups also give older adults an opportunity to move and hold a conversation. And for those looking to give back, volunteering options abound in the community.
Even without getting out of the house, there’s plenty to do. Activities such as gardening, knitting, sewing, painting, quilting and reading (maybe tied to a local book club for social gatherings) exercise both mind and body. Simply sitting on the couch and reminiscing about old times or telling stories can be hugely beneficial. How about a round of bingo? Maybe a trivia night? Or how about harnessing the skills of those intrepid grandchildren for a talent show or computer class? A little ingenuity and time can turn lonely afternoons at home into fun, memorable experiences for seniors.
And for those times when you can’t be there because of work or other family commitments, give us a call! Life is busy and complicated, and we love to step in and help when you’re unable. Licensed and insured caregivers from Take My Hand At-Home Care always are available to provide companionship and socialization to your aging loved ones.
We work hard to ensure that elderly and disabled individuals in Lynden and throughout Whatcom County are able to maintain their independence and dignity by continuing to live in the comfort of their own homes as long as possible.
Trust that there is no obligation. We provide complimentary in-home assessments to help determine the level of care that would be best for your loved one.