Hello Senior Community. I hope everyone is off to a fantastic holiday season. The best part of my work is brightening someone’s day or doing something that makes them smile. This is one of those times and places. HIPPA won’t allow me to say whom. But, visiting our clients always brightens my day. This picture illustrates one of those visits for me. Happy Holidays everyone!!!
No matter a person’s age, New Year’s Eve is a great time to evaluate how the last year went and then to decide if there are things that could be done differently in the upcoming year. Your aging loved one may be wondering if there are areas in her life that she could make resolutions regarding. It doesn’t matter how old she is, she can also strive to have a better year going forward. That’s what gives a person hope and purpose.
Here are some simple ideas to get the creative juices flowing for new year’s resolutions.
Health encompasses a large number of different factors but as your loved one looks back at 2022 and looks forward to 2023, what areas would she like to feel more healthy about and what kind of choices can she make to arrive there?
If eating right is her goal, then it has to start before she’s hungry. Poor eating choices often happen because of fatigue and the need to immediately satiate hunger pangs. Having a home care provider come into the home and prepare healthy meals, or even prep healthy snacks, can be one way to help your loved one eat better in 2023. Home care can make sure there is a fresh pitcher of water in the fridge for drinking and some veggies that are cleaned and prepped for snacking. They can also help by prepping healthy meals that your loved one can easily reheat for a meal instead of a frozen pizza.
If getting more physical activity is your loved one’s goal for 2023, start small with plans to increase activity routinely. Even adding a simple 15-minute walk around the block twice a day can be a great way to begin. Being more active has so many health benefits, that once your loved one starts, she won’t want to stop.
One way to have a great 2023 and have things to look forward to is to increase your loved one’s social circle. Elderly people are often lonely as they have seen many of their loved ones leave or pass away. They can have a hard time creating new connections. A home care provider that comes into the home for a weekly game of chess could be one way to increase the socializing your loved one does. Or she could look at joining a local club or organization that is focused on something she loves.
Your loved one may have discovered that she struggles with money management. 2023 may be a great time to hire a financial planner or even have a trusted family member review her finances, bills, and incoming income. She may be paying for things she no longer needs or there may be ways to consolidate some debts. It can always be helpful to have a second pair of eyes review her financial situation.
No matter what your loved one chooses, help her to stay committed to her resolution throughout the year by offering gentle and gracious accountability. Small changes can make a big difference in the quality of life.
Hello Senior Community. There are lots of people who need medical and non-medical help. One of our partners is Summit Hospice. Summit Hospice has been serving the valley tirelessly for some years. Their medical teams and non medical teams really place a high value on recommending what’s right for the client. Summit Hospice, thank you for your efforts in the community. We appreciate your tireless work.
Hello Senior Community. While attending a charity event, these carolers where outside singing Christmas Carols. Even though, you can’t hear them, I thought it would be nice to share the picture. Their costumes were beautiful. Their voices were angelic. And, their songs were full of Christmas Cheer. Happy Holidays to you and yours from Golden Heart Senior Care.
When someone in the senior community does something for seniors, we all come out to support. Thank you Bridgewater Assisted Living for hosting this mixer. You have a beautiful facility.
Although you may like the holidays, it is not always easy for your senior to get in the holiday spirit. This may be a time they used to love to spend with their partners and family, and not all seniors have their family. However, whether you are an elder care provider or an older adult child, there are some things you can do to help your loved one enjoy and get through this season.
Involve Them in Plans
Even if you don’t live with your elderly parents, you can still involve them in things like holiday plans and preparation. You can invite them over to celebrate advent every Sunday, decorate for Christmas together, and plan other Christmas activities for your senior. Your senior may have physical limitations making this holiday season feel more unenjoyable, but you can still find things for them to do or have elder care help them do these things.
Modify Your Traditions for Your Senior
Everyone wants to have family traditions, but when you start caring for a senior, you need to be flexible. Seniors with dementia may not be able to do everything when they want, even with the help of elder care. Help them remember what traditions they love and what you want your kids to grow up knowing but don’t be afraid to change or shorten traditions. You have to be flexible when you start caring for your loved one.
Help Minimize a Seniors Stress
Holidays can have a ton of pressure on the whole family, especially when you can’t be flexible. You not only need to help them de-stress, but you also need to learn to relax. Seniors can pick up on the moods and feelings of other people. This means when you are stressed, your senior will likely experience it too. When you start to feel overwhelmed, take a step back, focus on your senior, and ensure they are feeling okay. When you need extra help, it is important to find the right home care specialist to help your family.
Focus on Creating Memories
Your senior will not be around forever, so getting them involved with your family is crucial. This is time to allow them to spend joyous moments with the grandkids and snap photos of everything you want to remember. The holiday season allows your seniors and kids time to spend together and gives your kids memories they will cherish forever. Put your senior first, especially if they are alone during this time.
Take Them Out
Not all seniors can drive, and even with the help of elder care, they may not get out often. You can take them out to Christmas events and ensure they have something to do with your family. This is the time to see a local Christmas tree lighting or even stroll around to look at the neighbor’s Christmas decor. Your senior can do many easy things with your family, but you may have to pick them up and take them to do these things.
Hello Senior Community. Compression socks can help with a lot of health issues. Compression socks can help with blood flow, can help prevent ulcerations, can help with pain or swelling and can help reduce incidence of thrombosis. Putting them on can be a challenge. They are often worn incorrectly. Wearing compression socks incorrectly can have a very negative effect on blood flow and cause problems. It is important to be sure NOT to have folds or bunching of material when wearing compression socks. To learn more about compression socks, either phone Golden Heart Senior Care at 480.622.3557 or visit this link.
Thank you for being a caring person. Have a safe and happy holiday season.