One of the goals for most family caregivers is to find new ways to make their elderly family members happier. You can’t force happiness on anyone else, of course, but you and their home care aides can help your elderly family member to have what she needs in her life in order to be as happy as possible.
These ideas can help you to do just that.
Listen to What She Really Needs
What does your senior truly need now in order to improve her quality of life and to feel happier? It’s important to figure that out, especially if she’s not sure how to answer that question just yet, either. Taking time to talk through what is working for her and what isn’t can help you both land on some solutions that improve her situation. From there, you can try on different solutions and see what works and what doesn’t.
Help Her to Find Routines that Support Her and Work Out Ways to Keep Her Healthy
Routines give your senior’s days and weeks structure that supports meeting her needs. Home care providers can help your elderly family member to set up routines that directly relate to keeping her happy and healthy. The right routines move your senior through each day and week smoothly and address all of her goals along the way.
But what should be in those routines? The answers are going to vary from one person to another, but ideally, your elderly family member is eating a healthy diet, moving some during each day, and getting the rest that she needs. Elder care services can help your senior to have the support that she needs so she can maintain her health.
Encourage Her to Focus on Activities She Enjoys
Staying happy means engaging in activities that are enjoyable, fun, and that provide something to your senior that she needs and wants. Hobbies, games, and anything that adds to your elderly family member’s joy should make this list. If she doesn’t feel as if there’s anything that she enjoys doing, that means it might be time for her to branch out and try a few new activities. With the help of home care professionals, your elderly family member may have more energy to devote to this goal.
Get Her Extra Help From Home Care Providers When She Needs It
The bottom line is that there are going to be times when your senior needs more help than she did in the past. That isn’t a bad thing at all and if needing help is causing sorrow for your senior, it’s important to talk with her about how she’s feeling. Home care providers aren’t there to remove her dignity or to cause her discomfort. Needing help isn’t a bad thing at all, and it can bring a lot more happiness into your senior’s life.
What makes your senior happy now might change over the next few months or years. That’s to be expected. Finding new things that bring her joy and happiness can be a wonderful quest for both of you.
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