Sometimes our lives get so busy that we forget to slow down and focus on what is truly important. Love and family is so vital to living a happy and healthy life. Giving and receiving love helps us to thrive. While it’s difficult to avoid a hectic schedule; it is important to take the time to show our elderly loved ones how much we care. Whether we take the time to reminisce over an old photo album, sit down for a meal and conversation, or simply stop by to give them a hug; a little expression of love goes a long way.
Fall is the season for football games. If your elderly loved one is a football fanatic, be sure to remember that it might be a fun time to watch a game together. Some cities have local farm teams that aren’t as rowdy as the professional games. If your loved one is able, invite them to attend a game together on the weekend. Local high school rivalries can be fun to watch in person as well. If leaving home is not an option, pack up some snacks and visit your loved one. It can be great fun to watch a competitive football game on TV together. If your loved one is especially competitive, perhaps joining a fantasy football league with you would be intriguing.
Since our weekdays are crammed full of activities and commitments, it may be easier to include an elderly loved one in weekend plans. An easy way to remember family members is during meal time. A weekend brunch is a wonderful way to gather the family together and to spend some quality time. If your elderly loved one is unable to venture out of their home, bring the feast to them. Order take-out or bring the fresh fixings to prepare the meal at their place. There’s no real substitute for fresh cooked meals and family conversation. This will surely brighten your elderly loved one’s day and set them up for a positive outlook and a wonderful week ahead.
With the summer season behind us, our day-to-day life resumes and routine schedules are honored. If you have school-aged children, it’s time for helping with homework assignments and dinner meal preparation each weeknight. Life can get pretty chaotic during the school year. This is the time of year that may make visiting an elderly loved one on a regular basis nearly impossible. If distance makes a visit difficult, a quick phone call to say hi or a gift of flowers “just because” will make your loved one feel special. If you are concerned that your loved one is spending too many hours alone, there are options for affordable in-home care to provide much needed daily companionship.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional in-home senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care and in home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.