Caregiving services are a hugely important part of a senior’s life. But that doesn’t mean senior caregiving can’t be fun, too–both for caregivers and their clients. Whether you’re a family caregiver or a professional, adding a bit of variety to your daily routine never hurts. These five activities are an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with the senior in your life, and have a little fun together.
1. Tackle a Board Game or Puzzle
A board game or puzzle session is one of the easiest activities to incorporate into your day. You can find a vast selection of board games for all ages at virtually any big box store, so consider looking for something tailored to your client’s unique interests. These portable and inexpensive games are a great way to pass the time, perhaps with a cup of tea and some good conversation. They’re also an option for people with limited mobility and arthritis. Puzzles and games can even provide mental stimulation, which some experts believe can help stave off the effects of dementia.
2. Go For a Nature Walk
No matter how old you are, you’re always ready to reap the benefits of a walk in nature. Time spent ambling through the great outdoors is a great way to boost endorphins and get some moderate exercise. Make sure to time your walk when the weather isn’t too hot, and ensure you and your client stay protected from the sun.
If the outdoors isn’t an option, you and your client can take advantage of many other indoor options for walks and exercise. Consider going for a walk around the mall before the stores open and window shopping among the displays. You can also go to a track at a senior center and do a few leisurely laps. Though you won’t be getting the benefits of the fresh air and sunlight in the great outdoors, walking is still a healthy and helpful activity for all ages.
3. Try a New Craft
Trying new things is a challenging but rewarding part of senior caregiving. With craft projects, you get the benefit of mental stimulation from attempting a new challenge as well as a completed craft to show off at the end of the day. Many craft projects are easy to assemble with just a few household supplies, but you can also get kits online or from craft stores. Consider picking out a craft you and your client can use or display afterward, like decorating a pot for houseplants or painting a coffee mug to be fired at a local pottery store.
4. Take a Class
You’re never too old to learn new things, and in fact, taking a class can help with your mental elasticity in your later years. Picking out a free single-session class at a community center or private business is a great way to spend a little time doing something new, learning some information, and enriching your lives.
5. Cook a New Meal
Sharing a meal is a great way to spend senior caregiving time. But cooking together can be an even better way to share the mutual joy that food can bring. Since seniors can lose their sense of taste as they age, trying new and flavorful recipes is a great way to get further enjoyment out of food while spending time on something productive. After picking out a fun recipe, caregivers can pick up groceries and help with any parts of the cooking process that their clients might struggle with. With the help of a caregiver, cooking can be fun again! It’s just one of the ways that caregivers can enhance their clients’ lives.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.
Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.