Tomorrow is Christmas Day, which means that 2018 is just around the corner! New Year’s Eve / Day is a great time to reflect on the past year. Yes, Belmont seniors can get discouraged if they focus on the passage of more time. However, caregivers providing home care can encourage seniors to focus on positive change and help them to come up with a list of resolutions for things to complete or learn in the new year.
Home care and list-making for Belmont seniorsCaregivers can help Belmont seniors look forward to 2018! Below are some suggestions…
- Eat healthier meals. Home care providers can offer meal preparation assistance to help your Belmont senior achieve this goal. A NuevaCare professional will even do grocery shopping for your senior, so the whole process from store to table takes minimal effort for seniors and encourages maximum enjoyment of the meal itself.
- Create a routine and stick to it. Routines help seniors plan ahead and feel like they have a sense of control.1 A home care provider can work with you and your Belmont senior to establish a routine that works for all involved. This can include medication reminders as needed, grooming and bathing assistance etc.
- Exercise – NuevaCare home care providers are not physical therapists, but they can assist seniors with transportation in getting to and from a regular exercise class or even a local Belmont park for a walk.
- Learn or try a couple new activities in 2018. This could include signing up for a craft, cooking or educational class at a local senior center or Belmont recreation center. Or, it could be an individual goal like reading a certain number of new books in a year’s time. If your senior would like, a NuevaCare caregiver can come as needed to provide companionship and encouragement in accomplishing a goal.
- Spend more time with the grandkids. Schedules are likely going to be crazy for younger family members, however, time with Grandma or Grandpa can be very beneficial for all. Your senior could consider scheduling “playdates” throughout 2018 for time with the youngest in the family. Possibilities include shopping for fall school clothes, going to get photos with Santa Claus, making cookies together, visiting the zoo, watching a movie, grabbing a burger and fries and more. The sky’s the limit!
Sources: 1) http://dailycaring.com/why-routine-is-important-for-seniors/