Home Care Blog>In Home Care | April 30, 2020
Senior Well Being During Isolation | During these stressful times, it’s important that we check up on our senior loved ones to make sure they’re getting what they need. Most states are urging those 65 and older to stay at home so that they can reduce the risk of catching the virus. At Comfort Keepers Home Care, we understand how crucial it is to make sure seniors are getting their basic and emotional needs met. Here are some ways that we can encourage seniors to feel the best they can during these times.
Basic Needs: Caregivers and low-risk family members or friends can offer to pick up groceries, prescriptions, and other supplies to ensure that your loved one stays safe. They can also assist in online ordering, as many stores offer grocery delivery now. Our caregivers will also put away groceries, meal prep, and do light cleaning.
Social Connection: Staying connected to your senior loved one is extra important during these times. You can plan weekly phone calls or video chats with them to connect, even when you can’t see each other in person. Encourage other family members and friends to do the same.
Hobbies and Entertainment: Talk to your senior about the things they enjoy and help them find at-home activities that make them happy. Whether it’s listening to music, watching a movie or playing a game, you can find something they enjoy. They can even enjoy some of these activities virtually with others. For example, they could play a card game with friends online.
Exercise: There’s no better way to keep healthy than to exercise regularly. Walks, light stretching or yoga, or even dancing are great ways for seniors to maintain and improve their range of motion and cardiovascular health. Resistance training with bands or light weights is a good way to improve strength and build muscle. There are many free workout videos online, some that are even targeted towards seniors.
Diet: It’s easy to start snacking on unhealthy foods when you’re home all the time. Help your senior meal prep and come up with some healthy ideas for snacks. You can’t go wrong with fruit and veggies!
Cleaning: Not only is cleaning important for eliminating germs, but it can also feel good to have a clean home to live in each day. Start out small with just one area of a room, and go section-by-section to make it feel more doable. Have your senior put on their favorite music, audiobook, or podcast to make it more fun.
Holidays: Even though you and your loved one may be in isolation, celebrating holidays like Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo can lift spirits. Decorate the house with springtime flowers and decorations and have a video chat with others to celebrate the holiday.
Daily Rituals: Most importantly, encourage your senior to keep up on daily rituals and find alternatives for the things they can’t do right now. Help them find joy in the little things each day.
If your loved one needs some extra help at home, contact us at Comfort Keepers Home Care of Calgary to schedule a consultation.
Comfort Keepers Calgary is here to help you and your loved ones get the best care possible.
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