Getting and staying healthy is not always easy, regardless of a person’s age. If an elderly individual is dealing with certain challenges, especially mobility or recovering following a hospitalization, those challenges can be tremendous. Family and friends often step up to provide support, but if they have no prior experience assisting in these manners, they may not provide the support the senior deserves at this point in his or her life.
Nothing beats experienced care when it comes to helping seniors get back in shape, get healthy, and stay healthy. There are numerous ways experienced home care support services makes a world of difference.
They offer encouragement.
Yes, family members can certainly offer encouragement, but sometimes even the most sincere compliments or encouragement can be misconstrued because of a familial relationship. A professional caregiver, on the other hand, may be perceived a little bit differently and encouragement can be taken more seriously.
They can exercise with them.
Again, family members can certainly take it upon themselves to also exercise with the elderly loved one, but they may not know the types of exercises that are not just safe, but beneficial for an elderly person.
They offer physical support.
When trying to stay healthy, safety can be one of the most important aspects for seniors. When an elderly person has been diagnosed with any health issue or is struggling with limited mobility, an experienced caregiver can provide the physical support he or she needs to get up and moving and engaged in life.
They help seniors stay involved in activities.
Experienced home care aides can also help elderly clients become more active once again. There may be certain activities, areas of interest, the senior gave up at some point through the recent years because of their limited physical capabilities, but with that physical support and encouragement, they might begin pursuing some of those activities once more.
Family members may have a tendency to discourage activities because they worry about their loved one’s safety. As long as they are going to be safe, they should be encouraged to pursue things that are of interest and importance to them.
Seniors may simply listen better to outsiders.
As mentioned in our first point, an aging parent, for example, may have more reluctance or reticence to listen to an adult child telling them what they can or can’t do, should or shouldn’t do. However, they may be more open to the idea of heeding the advice of a professional caregiver.