As a family caregiver, you end up making a great many decisions that are designed to help your elderly family member to have the best possible quality of life. Improving or maintaining her health involves decisions related to these different challenges.
Help Her to Stay Physically Active
Physical activity does quite a bit for your senior. First, it helps her to avoid or to control certain health issues. It can also help her to maintain her muscle tone, which is increasingly important as she ages. Being even just a small bit more physically active can help your elderly family member to maintain her mobility and even to hit goals like aging in place for as long as she wants to do so. Companion care at home can help your senior parent get regular exercise and do it safely.
Look at Ways to Modify Her Diet
Diet matters quite a lot for overall health. In the past, your senior may have been able to get away with a less nutritious diet. But as she ages, her nutritional needs become far more important. Talk with your senior’s doctor about what she can do in order to make sure she’s getting all of the nutrients that she needs. That may involve adding some foods to her diet that are new to her, which can be a big adjustment.
Make Socializing Easier
Socialization is one piece of the puzzle that a lot of people tend to forget about. And socializing becomes more difficult for your senior as she ages. It can be more difficult for her to get out and about, and how she wants to socially engage can also change. Finding ways to meet your senior’s social needs can be a bit of trial and error, but it’s worth exploring what works for her.
Encourage Her to Keep Her Brain Engaged
Beyond physical health, your senior also needs to maintain her cognitive health. By keeping her brain active and engaged, your elderly family member keeps her quality of life high, too. Some of the activities that assist with cognitive health involve continuing to read, to play games, and to keep learning as much as possible. Keep these activities fun and your elderly family member will be more likely to stick with them.
Many of these challenges are easier to meet for your senior by bringing in a caregiver to assist you both. Having companion care at home you can rely on also enables you to take the time away that you need for respite so that you’re able to recharge and keep addressing challenges for your senior.