Post Labor Day - Seniors What To Do?

Labor Day is the final hurrah of summer. It is easy to find activities and family fun at the end of summer, but what should seniors do when the weather starts changing?

As fall season takes over and temperatures decreases, here is Elder Care Homecare’s recommendations.

1) Don’t listen to everyone that Labor Day means the end of outdoor activities. Seniors should try to squeeze in a few more barbecues and cookouts!

2) Take a small trip to a lake or beach if possible. We have months until these freeze over and sometimes leaves changing and sitting by the water is actually the most beautiful time of the year.

3) Those with elderly parents sometimes struggle to find activities or things to talk about with the loved ones. But music festivals and sports can be a year long activities. Try to commit to a few more outdoor music or sporting events if possible.

Don’t let the weather slow you down!

Cinco De Mayo - Senior Involvment

Cinco De Mayo is always one of the most fun spring events. It is a great excuse for seniors to get festive with their family and friends.

Families and friends should take out their sombreros, shake the maracas and try to have some fun.

If you live in a senior community, enjoy the activities, food and participate in creating some of the decorations. If you are hosting friends or family at your house, you can decorate your house and begin cooking for the event.

Cooking is often correlated as a therapeutic activity for seniors. You can buy the ingredients for tacos and allow family and friends to make their own tacos when they come over. This is a fun way to allow everyone to participate and not cause the host role to be overly burdensome. If you have home care help, the home health aide can help organize all the supplies and assist in the cooking activities.

Any excuse to celebrate joyous occasions should be emphasized. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Spring is Here! - Senior Activities

Spring has finally arrived.

Elder Care Homecare recommends 3 easy activities to get you or your family members up and out of the house. Seniors should stay active. Especially if they have home care, their aides or caregivers should encourage seniors to get up and out of the house.

These activities can have a significant effect physically and emotionally.

1) Look up the Senior Centers in your community. Many hold picnics, outdoor events, outdoor book clubs, festivals and fairs. Some even include yoga, tai chi and other activities that are great for physical exercise flexibility and mental health.

2) Decorate your home with Easter or Passover themes. This can be a great family activity as well as a way to brighten your home with spring colors. Holidays are a great excuse to become festive.

3) Create an indoor or outdoor garden. Sometimes seniors are trouble growing difficult plants and physically can not stay too active. Plants like basil and mint are easy to maintain and can spread amazing scents in your home.

Home care begins with staying proactive. Do not wait until there is an incident and you need to begin physical therapy or occupational therapy to improve your habits.

Winter Home Safety Tips For Seniors

The winter season can be one of the most beautiful times of year. But while the season and staying warm and cozy, you might also find yourself in a bit of trouble if you’re one of millions of older people living alone or with limited mobility.

Preparation is key for you, your family and friends to ensure you home is safe. Whether you have home care, a caregiver or a friend to assist you, below are 5 Tips for Seniors to ensure their homes are safe.

1) Shovel and salt your walkways. One of the biggest dangers for seniors is falling. Fall prevention should always be in the back of your mind. Injuries can have serious detriments to long term health. Have a friend or hire a service to come shovel and salt your walk ways.

2) Prepare for power outages. Flashlights, batteries, blankets, food, water and basic necessities should be stored in easy to access places.

3) Buy an Artificial Christmas Tree. Even when the holidays are over, the Christmas tree and lights can help raise your spirits when it is cold outside.

4) Arrange for In-Home Care during Weather Emergencies. Work with agencies to ensure your family member / Senior is safe during storms. It is beneficial to call them before storms. Better safe than sorry.

5) Keep a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home. This tip could mean life or death for you during the winter time (and really any time of the year). Most households have a fire extinguisher, but very few people actually know how to use it. 

As a family member, you should make sure your seniors have everything they need. As we mentioned preparation is key, so make sure your loved one has everything they need to stay safe.


New Year - Start the New Year Off Right!

New Years resolutions are important for everyone. Whether its your own personal priorities or business, we all have areas to improve.

Below are 3 ways to help your loved one improve.

1) Help in the home is critical. Whether its families helping, delivery services, neighbors or home care, it is critical to be prepared. Seniors need companionship and the appropriate risk management. Seniors may not NEED help, but at times it is important to provide support so emergencies do not happen.

People and especially seniors are quick not to be a nuisance to others, so they push themselves too hard rather than ask for help.

2) Make schedules. Staying organized is key to a healthy mind. Not only should you stay organized and schedule time to see your family, it is important to schedule activities, bills and other daily activities to keep your mind organized.

3) Find the right team. Whether its a physician, psychologist, specialists, home care agency, it is important to have the best possible team in place. People do not know, what they do not know. Having people who can ask the right questions and work together is critical to avoid preventable problems.

Make 2019 a time for change and focusing on what is important.

Always prepare!

5 Holiday Activities For Seniors

Holidays are fast approaching and now is the time to think of all the fun family activities to participate in.

1) Decorations: Flowering and center piece arrangements are wonderful to spice up your home. Not only are they a fun activity for your family and friends to perform but also allow you to work on your creative side. It can even be seen as a form of occupational therapy.

2) Homemade Gifts: Take the time to make or build your own presents. Whether its bracelets, decorating ornaments, painting a flower pot, all are fun activities and really nice gifts.

3) Bake a Gingerbread House: This is a crowd favorite. Great to do with grand kids and family. Not only are they fun, but they taste great!

4) Holiday Shows or Movies: Try and get out of the house and go see a holiday show or concert. If traveling to large arenas or shows is difficult, try to get in the holiday spirit and have a movie night.

5) Give Back: The holidays are a time to give. There are a number of ways to volunteer or help, but creating Christmas or holiday cards for soldiers overseas, sick children in the hospital or other greeting cards can be an easy and nice way to help those who are lonely on the holiday.

Now go have fun and enjoy your holiday!