Helping Elderly Parents With Their Independence
Watching your parents grow old can be hard, especially when considering the years, they spent nurturing and caring for you. Now the roles are reversed, and soon your elderly parents may call on you to take care of them. But how do you manage to provide them with care and assistance while ensuring that their independence and lifestyle are preserved?
Maintaining or improving independence means ensuring that you or a loved one has adequate access to well-balanced and nutritious meals, a safe home environment, social interaction, and physical safety. Alvita Care provides a wide range of options for those aging in place and enhanced peace of mind for family members who may be worried about their loved one’s safety. Our staff is trained, experienced, and knowledgeable regarding the physical, mental, and emotional needs of seniors in home environments.
As our loved ones grow older, consistent interaction is imperative to keeping them healthy and happy. However, when we care for them, it can be easy to develop the habit of doing things “for” them rather than “with” them. Let’s face it — it can be more efficient to get everything done yourself.
Seniors have had pliantly of practice doing things on their own, but due to their aging, their bodies, and any other underlying health issue can cause hindrances. These tasks of daily living become increasingly more challenging, both physically and mentally. There will be a time when the seniors in our lives will need our help. Remember to not do everything for them. It is not beneficial to you or loved one to simply – “take care of it.” Instead, we recommend a technique called interactive caregiving.
Interactive caregiving is a form of caring that promotes social, mental, physical, and emotional well-being. When put into action, this philosophy focuses on the person as a whole, helping seniors preserve their quality of life, by protecting their happiness and keeping them engaged. Interactive caregiving encourages seniors to live healthily and independently in their own homes.
Senior caregiving that goes beyond the daily responsibilities is truly an art. This special kind of caregiving includes participating in activities to help maintain a healthy body and spirit. Talk with your loved one to determine what they are interested in, then form a plan to do those things together. When you plan activities, keep the elements of interactive caregiving in mind.
- Physical activity helps improve recovery from illness, increases strength, which reduces the risk of falling. Conditions such as high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease can be reduced by fun activities like dancing. Dancing can strengthen bones and allows seniors a social outlet that stimulates the mind and can reduce the effects of dementia. House-keeping and gardening encourage positive self-esteem and enhance the quality of life.
- Socializing with friends and family, as well as attending events or other parties promotes memory retention and helps seniors feel less isolated. The effects of being socially active are just as beneficial as physical activity in terms of self-esteem and higher quality of life, which is important to note for seniors who are unable to exercise.
- Stimulate mental functions with brain games or crossword puzzles which can help facilitate healthy mental and emotional function by keeping minds active. Positive mental wellness contributes to a sharpened mind and a healthy outlook on life.
- Emotional happiness depends on many factors, including feels of connection to family and friends, being involved in the community, or taking up a hobby. Cultivating emotional stability helps seniors feel optimistic and happy, which can keep depression at bay.
Encourage seniors to help with tasks they are capable of performing, things like folding the laundry and making a grocery list. Playing games, putting together a puzzle, reading the newspaper, or taking a walk together are activities that benefit seniors and bring joy to you and your loved one. Shopping together is another form of activity that gives you a chance to do things together. Planting flowers and other gardening activities are not only fun, but they also provide a sense of accomplishment when you both step back to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Whether a loved one needs assistance and support for a few hours a day or round-the-clock, we provide compassionate individuals to help meet those needs. If you’re struggling to balance personal, financial and family responsibilities and obligations with a loved one who may require supervision due to cognitive decline, recovery from surgery, or dealing with the chronic long-term illness, Alvita Care wants you to know that you’re not alone and that you can rely on our staff and professional services to ensure that you or your loved one receives quality care.
It’s not easy to trust strangers to come into a home and provide care for a loved one. That’s why Alvita Care Services meets with families and establishes the needs of potential care recipients first. We want you to get to know us and we want to get to know you. We’re a family-owned business and treat our clients like family. We want to provide you with the peace of mind and security that you deserve. Working together, we can ensure that you or a loved one is safe, well cared for, and has access to services that enhance independence, mobility, and quality of life at home
We Provide Home Health Care Aides in Greater NYC
Our caregivers are available to assist seniors needing home care in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, and northern New Jersey. We help with personal care, household services, respite and/or companion care while bringing exceptional compassion, skills, and knowledge about Alzheimer’s and dementia to our clients.