Although there are some promising clinical trials being conducted, there is no vaccine currently available for COVID-19. There is no way to know how long the pandemic is going to last — we only have forecasts based on trends of cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities. Therefore, the majority of the people, especially seniors, are advised to continue to stay home as much as possible.
Unfortunately, lack of access to community or social activities can bring out feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression. This is especially true for seniors who live alone and have limited ability to get out safely without assistance.
As a preferred provider of home health care in Gurnee, Illinois, we see the challenges that seniors face a bit more closely. The following are some suggestions to help your aging loved one feel active and connected while at home.
Indoor plants can brighten up a space and add a splash of life and color. Indoor plants are great for home-bound seniors; it gives them a bit of outside nature right in their own home. Caring for a plant can also help elders have a sense of purpose. Give them something to nurture that will nurture them back! Most indoor plants purify the air and are visually pleasing. Some common indoor houseplants include: rubber plant, snake plant, fiddle leaf fig, split leaf philodendron.
Encourage your loved one to write a memory book. Maybe you could provide a notebook and pens and even ask questions as writing prompts.
- Arts and Crafts
Perhaps your aging loved one would like to try something crafty. It’s never too late to learn a new skill. Especially with online tutorial videos, anyone can learn to paint, knit, crochet, draw. You can help your loved one acquire the supplies needed and help him or her find online educational videos on YouTube. Your loved one may be interested in donating their art or goods if they are skilled. Many non-profit organizations collect baby blankets or hats or artwork for their offices. This may give your loved one a greater sense of purpose.
There are other options for activities that your loved one might enjoy. Just try to offer many options, as everyone is different and will have different likes, skills, and abilities. Other ideas include baking, reading aloud to loved ones via video chat, playing virtual games with grandkids – anything to help cope with their current situation and find fulfillment.
Home health care agencies can also provide companionship services to allow your loved one to have safe interaction with a compassionate, caring individual. A companion caregiver can also monitor the physical and mental health of your loved one and incorporate ways to improve overall wellbeing. Dimensions Home Health Care is a trusted agency offering home health care services and dementia care in Illinois and Wisconsin. Call us today to learn more.