This past week I had one of the greatest experiences since beginning this business 4 1/2 years ago.
I have done some very cool projects through our concierge services… But this one really takes the cake!!
This past Saturday, I sat with a local senior who wasn’t able to physically take the trip to see her daughter’s wedding.
So one of our team used today’s technology and used “face time” to capture the entire ceremony from the church and I on the other end with our client so she could be part of the festivities…
Truly grateful to witness and experience this!!
As you know by now, the seniors we work with hold a very special place in my heart!! I was raised by my great great grandmother many of my years so being around “older” people was something I grew up with. My “nannys” were my friends, my confidants… my guide for right and wrong. Through them I learned at a very early age how to be considerate and compassionate… How to listen with heart and love with my words… A gift I learned from them…
Quality of life is important for health
It’s not enough to just be alive. Good quality of life is especially important for older adults. Feeling satisfied and fulfilled is just as important as getting regular check-ups from the doctor.
Having a positive view of life can help seniors have more energy, less stress, better appetite, and prevent cognitive decline. They feel more vibrant and alive. As if life still matters despite how their physical body may be reacting to age.
This week I want to offer YOU 5 ways to improve the quality of life for seniors in YOUR life!
1. Make them laugh
Often times as caretakers, your time spent with aging adults can be overwhelming. You might be tired from trying to balance your own life needs, professional responsibilities, plus those of caretaker. An exhausting job. It’s hard being the “parent” of a parent when all you really want is to stay the “kid”. Often times the hardest part is just “enjoying” the time together without any specific expectations. So instead of requiring anything of your time together… make it a point to just laugh! Laugh, make jokes, and smile ’til your cheeks hurt! And watch how their eyes light up! Best gift you can give them AND yourself…
2. Help them feel useful and needed
From the very young to the very old, everyone wants to be useful. It’s a need we all have. To be useful and to be able to give through our ability to “do” for others. When you care for an older adult, do your best to make them feel like you still need their help and that they’re not a burden. Ask for help with tasks they can handle, such as:
- Folding laundry
- Scraping the dishes
- Opening the mail
- Writing the to-do lists
- Clipping coupons
- Reading to the “kids”
- Chopping vegetables
- Going out to help shop for groceries and other errands
For ex: When we do paper management for our seniors. I’ll ask them to help staple or put paper clips on things. Even just holding onto something on their “lap” until you “need” it. It gives them great joy to be helpful.
3. Stay physically active
Engaging in physical activity, no matter how mild, helps keeps both the body and mind feeling balanced and positive.
Exercise keeps blood flowing to the brain, sharpening the mind. It also relieves anxiety, tension, and even depression! Overall, it just makes people feel better. Physically, exercise boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep quality, and improves heart health, strength, stamina, and even appetite!
Even when we are working with our senior clients, we try to engage them as much as possible in activities. Encouraging physical mobility and participation.
4. Stay mentally active
One of the simplest ways to support our aging adults is encouraging mental activity and cooperation. Things like: crossword puzzles, reading, and writing are all great activities for mental stimulation. Having a sharp and active mind improves overall well-being.
We had a client who has since passed away, but she LOVED reading!! So we would take little trips to the “libarary” they had at the nursing home and her and I together would straighten the shelves. It was an activity that both stimulated her physically and mentally. She even learned how to play Boggle on the Ipad and we would send “emails” to her daughter. Simple things we take advantage of make a huge difference in the life of someone else.
5. Staying connected to family, friends, and community
Seniors as they age become isolated and lonely. They witness the loss of friends over the years and it becomes a reminder of their own immortality. Help support your loved ones by keeping them involved in their community. Even a weekly visit with their church friends or staying committed to the Bingo club, can make a lasting difference in their quality of life.
- Make arrangements for transportation so they can go to their favorite book club or church event
- Encourage them to attend family functions and parties
- Encourage them to volunteer within their own community even if that’s in a nursing home!
Another wonderful story of one of our clients:
We were called in to help a lovely woman who lived at the very very very far end of the independent living community. She was sharp as a tack and still engaged in creating little blankets for their community service project. But due to her physical limitations, she was secluded in her apartment as she couldn’t manage to get to the “main area” on her own. Her daughter brought us on to visit with her twice a week and escort her to the main dining room where she smiled and flourished and engaged in conversations with all her “old friends” she missed since being wheelchair bound. She would repeat over and over with a gleam in her eye “my daughter did this for me”. As you can imagine, an experience I still treasure being part of…
We specialize in senior companion visits. We work exclusively with seniors who do NOT require personal care but instead want to continue to live life to the fullest.
We are who people call when home care is NOT the alternative solution, they want to build a relationship with one companion and have control over how they and when they use our services.
We engage our clients in everyday activities that fuel their sense of worth and involvement. By doing so they feel younger and thrive more… because through personalized engagement they can live a life that is still active and meaningful. Our clients experience more joy and their families … more peace of mind.
Do you know someone who could benefit from our services?
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We are here to help.
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