Independence is an important part of life, but daily human interaction and regular activities are important to a senior’s health and happiness. There is no denying that keeping seniors physically, mentally and socially active can result in overall better health and the ability to live independently longer. Having the right person step in and offer a helping hand is just what most seniors need to achieve their highest level of independence. A nurse or caregiver can provide an interactive approach to in-home care that stimulates a senior’s natural ability to perform. At a very basic level, in-home caretaking is health care combined with task-oriented activities to encourage a senior’s independence. Overall health and independence is promoted when engaging activities are the focus. There are four main areas of concentration for an interactive approach to in-home care.
- Physical Activity Once physical activity is approved by a doctor, it’s important to remain as active as possible. Sometimes all it takes is a companion to make being physically active more enjoyable. Dancing, stretching, walking, gardening and housekeeping are all suitable forms of physical activity that will improve one’s physical and emotional well-being.
- Socialization Being around others is critical to a high quality of life. As people age, life changes occur that sometimes result in feelings of isolation. By meeting up with friends and loved ones outside of the home, or attending parties and other events, a senior may regain confidence. Additionally, research shows that socializing slows the development of memory problems.
- Mental Stimulation Regularly participating in mind-engaging activities is important for a seniors brain function. Activities such as card games, crossword puzzles, computer activities, arts and crafts and storytelling are all fun and accessible ways to stimulate the brain. These games and activities keep the mind active, and promote healthy mental growth.
- Emotional Well-Being Feeling connected and involved are significant factors that contribute to emotional health. This can include simple things like staying in touch with family and friends, being involved in the community or learning a new hobby. Unlike those included in the socialization category, these are things the senior can do alone, or with friends and loved ones.