Keeping Mom Involved and Active in Life at Home
How Can You Help an Aging Adult Feel More Involved in Life at Home?
When you’re busily going about your day, you might not notice how little your senior really gets of your time. If you can be more conscious of what you do together, you can help your elderly family member to feel more involved in what goes on at home.
Many family caregivers are too busy to even sit down and eat. If that’s the case for you, you’re missing a prime opportunity to bond with your senior and any other family members in the household. It’s time to make mealtime a time when you focus on eating together and talking about what is going on with each of you.
Include Her in Smaller Chores
Sometimes aging adults get left out of smaller tasks that can help them to feel involved and vital to a household. For example, when you’re folding laundry, ask if your senior wants to help with smaller clothing. Other activities, like dusting, sorting silverware, and wiping a counter, can help your senior feel more like she’s contributing.
Make Time for Rest
Everyone needs ample time to rest, of course, but are you resting together? Finding time to relax together to watch a movie or simply enjoy a conversation together can do you and your senior quite a bit of good.
Find New Activities to Try Together
Trying new activities and hobbies helps challenge your brain, as well as the brain of your aging adult. You might want to look for art projects, games, or musical adventures you can all attempt. None of this needs to be perfect, either. Part of the fun is in making a little bit of a mess and enjoying the process.
Provide Companionship When You Can’t Be There
If you and other family members can’t be there as often as you’d like with your aging adult, consider hiring home care providers who can offer her companionship. This keeps her from being alone during the day for too long and gives you some peace of mind about the situation.
Every situation is different, of course, so be sure to open a dialogue with your senior. Ask her what you can do to help her feel included in the household.