It is easy to get overly involved in the physical aspect of providing care for a senior. Nevertheless, your loved one’s overall well-being depends on many factors. Interactive Caregiving can change the way you take care of your loved one and make a difference in their life.
When you are a family caregiver, you spend a lot of time making sure your parent maintains a healthy diet, takes their medication on time and as prescribed, clean their home, run errands, and maybe even manage their budget. Unfortunately, all this won’t ensure that your loved one leads a vital and happy life. Their well-being depends on so many factors. In order to be happier and healthier, your parent needs to be more engaged in their life, be active in their community, and contribute to the world.
When you are providing care for your loved one, you need to pay attention to every aspect of their being, not just the physical one, only that way they will be able to lead a high-quality life.
Comfort Keepers of Victoria, BC, have embraced Interactive Caregiving philosophy, which is all about taking care of the “whole person”. It is our main goal to keep our clients engaged physically, mentally as well as socially, thus enhancing their overall health.
This philosophy can also be used in the family caregiving sphere. Interactive Caregiving can help your loved one feel more needed, valued, and loved. Studies have shown that seniors who are both physically and mentally active lead more fulfilled, happier and healthier lives.
When it comes to physical activities, family caregivers should be encouraged to participate in those of their elderly loved ones. Therefore, take a walk with your loved one, play games with them, solve puzzles together and reminisce about all those happy memories. You can also suggest your loved one gets involved in preparing the meals, which encourages further socialization.
When you perform all these activities together with your loved one, you cultivate a bond with your parent and make them feel loved and useful. On the other hand, you can also benefit from this Interactive Caregiving philosophy. By doing all these things with your loved one you will physically be more active, eat healthier and keep your mind stimulated at all times.
If you would like to talk to one of our experts about how our home care can benefit your loved one and schedule a free consultation to generate a custom plan of care, contact us online or call us today!