Negative health changes can be disappointing and limiting to clients and those around them. For instance, someone in the Costa Mesa area who previously enjoyed all sorts of independence and good health may not enjoy hearing that they now need in home care due to new or ongoing health challenges or changes.
The team at Accredited Home Care will be happy to work with clients, caregivers, and their family members to help them adjust to these new circumstances. This can include assisting with creating new schedules and new routines, beginning various therapies or helping them accept that things may not be the same – but there still potentially could be some good, even great, times ahead.
It’s natural for people to be disappointed at first and reflect on what they might have to give up. Plus, since some seniors in declining health are already prone to depression, a major change like hearing “you will now need different levels of care” or “you can’t do what you used do well anymore” can come as a tough blow.
But health experts will be quick to tell clients that there still can be plenty of enjoyable opportunities ahead and ways to have fun and interact with others in your life. And, barring any more major health changes, you can also receive in-home care instead of having to relocate.
Suggestions to continue having fun include:
Online interaction. If it has become more of a challenge to go out and visit friends and family, there are some easy ways to connect virtually through email, social media and video chat services like Skype. A check-in with certain people at a regular time of the day or week can be a good way to create a routine that someone can look forward to each week. If you’re not familiar with some of these tools and aren’t able to take a class in your community, there are some quick tutorials online. Or a knowledgeable family member, friend or neighbor can come by to walk you through the process of signing on and interacting. This also could be an opportunity to check in with more distant friends and loved ones in different parts of the country who could be difficult to visit.
Local activities. A community center or senior center may have social programs, low-impact fitness programs and events, and also may be able to accommodate people in your age group with different physical or mental needs. If you’re unable to drive yourself, there may be some sort of transportation service available for seniors. A medical center also may have a respite care center which can provide supervised activity and therapy during the day. These can provide breaks for caregivers.
Consider volunteering. All those years of working and just living should be worth something, right? There are plenty of opportunities to share your skills and perhaps teach them to future generations. You might not have time, interest or energy to go back to work on a regular basis, but maybe you can consider volunteering for a few hours at a local non-profit that may have a limited budget but does appreciate expertise. There are plenty of places to get started, including charities. Even if you can’t travel far or well, some groups do invite volunteers to help from home, such as knitting blankets or hats for people who need clothing or shelter.
Exercise your body and your mind. Even if you can no longer go to the gym, you can still keep your physical activity and stretching up with a variety of exercises. Some can be done while sitting. Some may involve walking around the inside or the outside of the house a certain number of times. Gardening can also be good. A physical therapist or occupational therapist can also help come up with a useful routine. Mental exercises can include reading or doing puzzles. All of these activities can be more interesting and stimulating than sitting around watching TV and being bored all day.
Learn a new hobby. Rather than just looking for ways to pass time, put extra effort into something creative. This can include learning a musical instrument, an activity that can be ultimately rewarding especially if it’s something you never thought you had time for earlier in life. A local instructor may make house calls, or there are also a variety of teaching programs online. You can also learn to paint or create other visual media. Part of the fun of art is that there’s never any right or wrong way, so you can keep on experimenting until you find something you enjoy and think looks good.
The staff at Accredited Home Care is eager to help provide the opportunity to help clients in Costa Mesa find the upside of in-home care. Clients can also receive access to a variety of therapeutic services, including massage and occupational therapy. In-home caregivers are also available, who can help with everything from light housework to errands to assistance in the kitchen.