Summer has turned to Fall and before long, Fall will turn to Winter. As the nights and eventually the days get cooler, staying indoors with a cozy blanket, a good book, and a warm cup of tea starts to sound more appealing than anything else.
However, for some seniors receiving senior care, they can start to feel stir crazy in the Fall and want to avoid the feelings of isolation that can start to creep in after days and days of sitting around watching television and never leaving their home. Then there are other seniors who have major mobility impairments that keep them from being able to regularly leave their homes.
Either way, there are things that you can do with your parent or loved one who is receiving senior care that can liven up their days and enable you to make memories with them that will outlast the cooler temperatures of the season.
To get started, pick a day or two per week to implement these fun ideas. Put them on a calendar so that your senior understands what is coming up and to give them something to look forward to. Get them involved by asking them if they have any ideas that they would like to share, or any fun indoor projects that they have been wanting to work on. Let them know that their days do not have to be spent doing the same thing over and over again and that they have control over their activities, even if they are housebound or the weather just doesn’t make leaving the home a feasible option.
Ask your senior what their favorite movie is, and pair it with one they have never seen before. Make it just like the theater with comfy seats, mood lightening, a friend, and snacks they can enjoy. Let everything else go while you relax and enjoy the cinema-like evening with your senior and their bestie.
The options are endless for having a craft day with your senior. You can theme it around some of their passions or hobbies – like making something fishing-themed for Dad, or making crafts that involve the Grandkid’s pictures for Mom. Seniors enjoy getting hands-on and creating something that they can give away to family and friends, or keep as a memento of the fun they had when the weather outside was frightful!
Invite a few of your senior’s friends over for a day of games! Your senior will feel social and it will break up their usual routine with some friendly fun!
Holiday or “Just Because” Cards
Many seniors enjoy sending and receiving hand-written cards, and this is a great time of year to get a head start on their Christmas or holiday card list, or help them send a nice note to a friend just for fun!
There’s no time like the present to have a pot luck! Invite family members that your senior will love spending time with, have everyone bring a dish, and enjoy a good, old-fashioned pot luck celebration with your family.
If you or a loved one are in need of Senior Care Services in Allentown PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author