Is a senior loved one participating in activities on a routine basis, or is he or she stuck in a rut that predominantly consists of TV-watching, eating, and sleeping? Particularly during this time of quarantining and solitude, it can be tough to maintain an active and engaged way of living – but it’s vitally important for the health and quality of life of aging adults. There are many benefits of finding new and fun activities for seniors to help enrich their days.
At Dakota Home Care, we believe that our clients should be honored with activities that engage them and help them continue to be involved in living life to the fullest every day. This means individualizing activities to correspond to each senior’s distinctive interests, hobbies, and ability levels.
Our person-centered care starts with discovering as much as possible about the older person’s likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams, interests and life history. We get to know the senior through an interview that may include other family members if desired, and then develop a personalized plan of care to include a variety of appropriate enrichment activities.
Some of the benefits of enriching and fun activities for seniors include:
- Lessen boredom and lack of motivation
- Enhance self-confidence and independence
- Restore or enhance purpose and meaning to life
- Help improve memory
- Restore physical abilities
- Foster a sense of wellbeing for seniors struggling with a chronic illness
Efficiently increasing older adults’ everyday experiences means not just personalizing their activities to meet their particular preferences and tastes, but also making certain that their daily routine has some variety. This means that on a particular day we might work on activities that are designed to boost their creativity with a simple but meaningful art project. On the next day, the focus may be on just having fun with a game of cards or taking a short walk around the neighborhood. Ultimately, our senior home care services will be designed to help seniors acquire the highest possible quality of life.
It is also important to use some innovative thinking when picking out activities for older individuals during a time such as this when it’s safest for seniors to remain at home, such as taking virtual field trips to explore places of interest, making full use of technologies such as Zoom and Skype to stay in touch with friends and family, or streaming a live concert for an especially appreciated genre of music and dancing, singing, or just listening together. Our care companions are always on hand to help spark creative ideas!
At Dakota Home Care, improving seniors’ daily lives and optimizing their independence are fundamental components of our mission. Our home care services are created not only to assist with seniors’ physical needs, but also to enhance their everyday experiences as well. Contact us any time at (877) 691-0015 to learn more about our care companions in Bismarck, Fargo, Mandan, and the surrounding areas.