As a family care provider dedicated to offering an innovative elderly care approach to your aging loved one’s daily care, you are likely always looking for ways to address both his physical and medical conditions so he can live the happiest, healthiest and most productive lifestyle possible. For many family caregivers, the most difficult challenge that they face is worsening memory in their loved ones. Though minor memory loss or difficulty retaining information may be common among aging adults, marked cognitive challenges are not normal, nor are they something that should be ignored. Rather, you should make it a focus of your elder care services to help your aging loved one maintain his mental health and improve his memory so that he can continue to enjoy the lifestyle he deserves.
Helping your aging loved one improve his memory and maintain his mental sharpness is not about running drills or playing those boring senior “games” that essentially involve going through stacks of flashcards. Instead, create a fun and personal scavenger hunt that will allow your loved one to nurture her creativity, explore family memories and boost the strength of her mind at the same time.
A scavenger hunt with your aging loved one can be as simple or complex as his abilities allow. You can set up the hunt throughout the home or venture out into the yard for a more adventurous hunt. If your loved one is able and you are looking for a larger adventure for a particular day, you can even set up a hunt that will bring the two of you throughout your town leading up to a favorite destination.
Setting up a scavenger hunt can be done in two ways. The first is to write clues and hide them in various places throughout the area. These clues should lead your loved one to the next clue and eventually lead up to some sort of surprise at the end. The other option is to create a list of items that can be found throughout the area or along the journey. As your loved one finds each item he can check it off the list. This type of activity may seem simple, but can require creativity, problem solving and truly innovative thought as your loved one tries to find each of the items. Some of the most unexpected thoughts can emerge when an aging adult is searching for obscure items. Allow your loved one to be as creative and innovative as possible in finding the items. These thought processes will strengthen his memory and sharpen his mind.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of elderly care services in Houston, TX contact the caregivers at At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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