senior care

Three Ways to Better Connect With a Loved One in Senior Care

Looking for different ways to connect better with your loved one in senior care? Home Care Assistance has come up with 3 powerful and effective ways for you to improve your bond and relationship with your senior. Take a look below.

Social Activities

A great way to connect with your loved one in senior care is to get involved in activities with them! Social activities can range from sports like water aerobics to board games like chess (which are also mentally stimulating). But, the most important aspect of getting social with your senior is that it can help improve both their emotional and physical health.

Emotional Health: Whether it’s with family or other seniors in senior care, having frequent interaction with others will positively impact your senior’s mood. Doing so can help prevent depression.

Physical Health: Being involved in physical activities will help to boost your senior’s overall physical health – Physical activities increase their strength, work up an appetite, and help them get plentiful sleep.

Using Technology

Technology will work to keep you and your senior connected – Even when you can’t be there physically with them.

Tablets: These are a great option for seniors! They are easy to use and can be very helpful. Tablets are perfect for simple things like browsing the internet, viewing family photos, making video calls, setting medication reminders, and generally keeping in touch.

Simple Computers: Another option to consider is an all-in-one computer that your senior can use easily. These are special applications that help make using email, video chats, and the internet a breeze!

Talking and Visiting

Last but not least, you can connect with your senior just by spending time with them and being in their company.

Share Memories: Look back on your favorite moments with your senior – It’s a great way to bond and it also help to stimulate their memory! This is a simple activity that reminds them of many good times with family and friends while also engaging their mind.

Ask for Advice: Asking your senior for advice reminds them that their thoughts and opinions are valued. This helps to relay the love and respect you feel for your senior!

To learn about our customized senior care options for you and your senior, call Home Care Assistance today to set up a consultation!

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Home Care in 10 Years: Trends, Predictions and Changes

Much like the US economy, senior living has it its share of ups and downs – and you can expect the industry to change in the next 10 years. Soon we’ll be seeing different housing options for seniors to remain independent, as a direct result of higher costs of assisted living. More “senior-friendly” homes will be popping up in neighborhoods too, as well as more amenities and technology for our seniors to take advantage of.

Wondering just what life will be like for senior Americans in the near future?

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest trends, predictions, and changes in home care:

More Amenities for Seniors

We’re going to be seeing a whole lot more programs in assisted living facilities that will cater to a new age of seniors – programs with cultural events, new fitness classes, and educational services! These will be implemented in an effort to sustain the assisted living model.

Green Senior Living

Green housing for seniors? Yes, that’s going to be big! Eco-friendly living is also more cost-effective because fewer utilities equal less money spent. Green housing is also a great idea for seniors to remain conscious of the environment.

Senior Co-Housing

Co-housing is going to be a big deal soon. Seniors will live in communes, where they will have independent homes, but also many shared spaces – Like gardens and recreational centers. Residents will benefit by being involved in the community. They’ll take action in making any “community” decisions, which will give them a sense of great purpose and belonging!

More Technology

No surprise here! Technology is the future, and it will be limited to the youth. Computer home systems that can track medications and vitals will be connected to wireless networks, allowing caregivers to stay on top of their senior’s condition. This will revolutionize senior home care!

Less Nursing Home Models

The nursing home model will continue to decline in lieu of more seniors wanting independent living and home care services. Such options offer lower costs and usually have the availability of specialized programs – like memory care, for example.

To schedule your consultation and discuss the home care options for you and your senior, please give Home Care Assistance a call – We’ll be happy to help you!