Routine and predictability are important for everyone, but as a family caregiver you should know that they carry particular importance for elderly adults. This is especially true for those who are dealing with cognitive functioning decline or have reduced their engagement with the community around them and therefore do not have much structure to their daily life. By giving them a routine or schedule you help to provide this structure and direction, which reduces anxiety and supports a sense of control, autonomy, and motivation.
March is Craft Month. This is the perfect opportunity for you to integrate the benefits of getting creative into your parent’s usual routine. Doing crafts is ideal for self-expression and creativity, as well as cognitive stimulation and even the ability to give back to their community through donating to charities. Making it a normal part of their routine offers your parent structure and provides a reliable form of entertainment.
Use these tips to make crafting a part of your parent’s regular care routine:
• Choose a new medium each week. If your parent does not have a particular type of craft that they enjoy doing, research with them to find different types of crafts and select a new one to experiment with each week. This exposes them to a wide variety of crafting types while also potentially finding a new favorite hobby and keeping them learning.
• Write it in. Do not just have the intention of crafting with your parent regularly. Instead, actual integrate it into their schedule as you would mealtimes or bathing. Establish crafting time as a part of the day so that your parent has something to look forward to and can get the benefits regularly.
• Create a craft corner. Give your parent the opportunity to craft more frequently or to do the projects that speak to them each day with a craft corner. This is simply an area of the home that you equip with supplies and materials that stimulate creativity and let your parent do what they want to each time they go to do a craft. Keep this area of the home organized with clearly labeled plastic containers so it is easy to find what they want and to put it away at the end of craft time.
Starting elderly care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your senior on a customized schedule that is right for their needs as well as their individual thoughts, beliefs, preferences, and lifestyle goals. This means that they are able to be as healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe as possible while also pursuing as much independence and activity as possible as they age in place. When it comes to stimulating their mind and keeping them active and engaged with crafts, this care provider can help your senior choose the crafts that fit in with their interests, skills, and abilities, plan these as a part of their care routine, and then participate in them with them so that they can get not only the benefits of the crafts themselves, but also the benefits of interaction with their care provider. Creating a personalized schedule for your parent that takes into consideration their individual needs as well as their personality and preferences ensures that they have structure and predictability in their life, while keeping their mind and body properly stimulated and supported. Integrating crafts into this routine is a fantastic way to reach out to your parent, encourage conversation and sharing, and establish specific points in their daily routine.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Princeton Junction, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.