Home Care for Seniors in Bayside NY
Is your elderly mother having an enjoyable life right now? She might be in her late 70s, 80s, or even into her 90s and has given up a lot of activities she used to enjoy. So what is she doing at the moment?
If you’re concerned about her safety, you may have discouraged her from pursuing certain things. Maybe she used to spend time with friends but since they deal with various health issues and physical limitations of their own, she doesn’t get to visit with them frequently. Perhaps your mother has lost her license to drive and depends on you to get her to a doctor’s appointment, to the store, or to visit with her friends every once in a blue moon.
If your mother is relying on you for most of her basic assistance, it can be putting a lot of pressure on your life. She may also be missing out on many enjoyable activities and other events she could still be doing if she had a dedicated caregiver who is focused solely on her needs, wants, and wishes.
This doesn’t negate the effort you’re making.
Being a family caregiver is a tremendous responsibility. You are probably doing a great job, but your time is limited. If you have no prior experience doing this type of work, you might also be making certain mistakes that can potentially be costly.
Ultimately, here are some fun things your mother might be able to do right now with a home care aide. Some of these things you might have considered doing with her yourself, but due to time constraints you just haven’t gotten around to them yet.
1. Going for walks.
You might not realize how beneficial the simple act of going for a walk can be for people of all ages, including seniors. Getting fresh air, getting exercise, and getting outside the house can have physical, emotional, and even mental benefits.
2. Playing games.
The social interaction that comes along with playing games has tremendous value. We’re not talking about video games, but board games, card games, chess, checkers, and other types of game situations.
3. Spending time with friends.
Even though your mother’s friends have moved away or are limited in their own mobility, that doesn’t mean they can’t get together and enjoy each others company. With an experienced home care aide who also offers transportation, your mother may be able to spend more time with her friends.
Believe it or not your mother might love the idea of going out dancing. She might have been an avid dancer in her younger years, but have you thought about encouraging her to pursue this type of activity now? If you’re worried about her safety and mobility, probably not.
An experienced caregiver might encourage her to do these things because they also offer the physical support she would need to do these type of activities safely.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Bayside, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961
Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer's disease through the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing congnitive stimulations to an Alzheimer's patient group.
Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations. Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.
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