21 Dec How to Help Loved Ones Maintain Hobbies and Interests When Transitioning to In-Home Care
Watching loved ones grow older and require more care can be difficult. The need for a personal care home or an in-home care worker can cause a loss of self- confidence and an increased sense of isolation. However, keeping a daily schedule of hobbies and activities not only leads to a richer inner life for your loved one, but also helps them stay active in their community and better cope with feelings of abandonment or loss of independence. Here are some tips on how to keep your loved ones from feeling upset about aging and to help them enjoy their lives more fully.
Keep In Touch Regularly
Regular contact with friends and family is crucial for the well-being of any senior. Having visitors who not only visit but are interested in what they have to say does wonders for improving their self-esteem and confidence. This encourages them to pursue more activities and hobbies in the world around them.
Consider Buying a Pet
Whether it be a cat, a dog, a fish, or a bird, having a pet is a great way to help seniors cope with aging. The tasks of taking care of a pet are varied, giving regular schedules and goals to consider. These responsibilities of it all helps build self-esteem as well. Of course, pets are also great companions and can help seniors with feelings of isolation or loneliness.
Activities in the Community
Finding like-minded seniors who face the same problems and fears can help greatly alleviate many anxieties an individual has with assisted care. There is no better way to find these people than by joining community clubs and activities. Community activities are almost always part of a larger network of events as well, which means that your golf group, dance classes, or gardening club could have overlapping members. Once your loved one joins up with a club or activity, they will soon find more activities and develop a larger number of important friendships.
We hope this list of ideas has helped, but if you or a loved are dealing with anxieties about in-home care or fears of isolation, do not hesitate to give our agents a call at (714) 646-6750 for answers to any questions you might have.