When asked, most seniors would express a strong desire to remain in their own home for as long as physically and emotionally possible. Even when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related disease; they are able to keep their independence with the lower cost senior care services of Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara. The 4th of July is here, and for an elderly loved one, being able to participate in festivities with senior care assistance in the comforts of their home and community is truly the epitome of Independence Day!
Celebrating Independence Day can be a lot of fun, but the summer heat can make it difficult for an elderly loved one to participate in the festive activities. Excessive heat can be dangerous for the elderly who have difficulty regulating their body temperature due to medications or other health issues. There’s no need to believe that your loved one can’t still enjoy this summer holiday. Why not bring the festivities to them? Patriotic themed crafts and some refreshing iced tea can be a relaxing way to spend the afternoon indoors when the daytime heat is at its peak. If your loved one is bold, perhaps she might appreciate a red, white and blue themed manicure. If your elderly loved one can’t venture away from home due to mobility or other health issues, you could bring a patriotic movie to celebrate the holiday with them. It is also possible to watch the fireworks with your loved one as the Macy’s Firework show is broadcast every year on television.
If you are looking for way to celebrate Independence Day with an elderly loved one, and the weather isn’t predicted to be excessively hot, be sure they are prepared if they choose to venture out. If you are going to a parade, it is best to bring a chair, an umbrella to block the sun’s rays, and wear loose fitting clothing. Make sure you have plenty of water so you and your loved ones stay hydrated in the summer heat. If your elderly loved one is able to make the trip to the family barbeque, be sure to have some healthier food items available if they have dietary restrictions. A cool fruit salad and some fresh grilled fish would be a tasty celebratory lunch. Red, white, and blue food items such as strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream on a cake would be a delicious Fourth of July treat! You can’t really go wrong with a fruit kabob or some fresh sliced watermelon!
While we are celebrating Independence Day with friends and family with cookouts and get-togethers, it is important to remember our senior loved ones who would appreciate being able to participate in these holiday events. This year, we can celebrate senior independence and the ability to stay in the comforts of home and community, as opposed to living in a nursing home or assisted living facility. It is possible for a senior loved one to remain independent at home. Preparing weeknight meals every Sunday is a great way to be sure that they are getting the proper nutrition throughout the week. Having a family member or caregiver stop by daily to remind them of medications and help with preparing a healthy meal will also provide peace of mind to you and your family. Peace of mind visits are great for respecting your loved one’s wish to remain independent while also reassuring your family that they are healthy and taken care of. Thinking ahead of ways to make living at home a success can greatly improve your loved one’s wellbeing, both physically and emotionally.
Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more. All caregivers are highly trained experts in dementia care. It is important for the mental health of a loved one coping with dementia that their life stays as routine and predictable as possible. A life altering move to a completely different living environment such as a nursing home or assisted living facility is not only more expensive but also could prove to be very detrimental to your loved one’s mental health. The unfamiliar setting could be very confusing and can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. Lower cost senior care from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara makes it possible for your loved one to cope in the comforts and privacy of their own home. Lower cost senior care from Senior Helpers is the same high quality of an institutionalized living situation such as a nursing home or assisted living facility at a more affordable rate. Your loved one will appreciate being able to keep their independence and dignity with personalized services. Your loved one will never feel like just a number on a long list of clients who need to receive care. Call 805-687-7777 today to learn about the lower cost senior care services provided to the areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California today!