Most family caregivers are caring for a loved one that has had specific ways of doing things for a long time. Others have experienced traumatic changes that have left them feeling down or depressed and have turned to food for solace or stopped their once daily exercise routine. It may seem daunting, but there are ways you can help, as their family caregiver, to get them back on track.
Sometimes helping your parent indirectly can bring the most success. An article in US News reported a woman, Darya Rose, who posted a video on her website that explained the amount of salt that is found in processed and fast food. Her father, who had been eating fast food for two meals a day, had high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, and a case of depression, saw it. He stopped eating fast food and lost 20 pounds in two weeks and another 20 pounds over the next few months.
As a family caregiver, it is often easier to do for your parent instead of doing together, particularly when time is a concern. Interactive care, however, is designed so that your parent performs the tasks that they are still capable of doing safely. This keeps them active, engaged and maintains a sense of independence and self-responsibility. It’s also important to set up their schedule so that at least a few nights a week, they are enjoying a shared meal with friends, family, neighbors or community members. You’d be surprised at how many people are willing to help once asked.
Help them get back in the routine by suggesting activities that the two of you can do together. This may be as simple as a walk through the neighborhood, or a trip to the botanical gardens for a stroll through beautiful and sweet smelling trees and flowers. Consider checking out the local senior community center which often offers a wealth of classes. Encourage their participation by joining them for the first few classes.
Home Care Provider
If adding additional activities to your already busy schedule is just not possible at this time, consider obtaining the services of a home care provider. These caring professionals can provide transportation and accompany your parent on walks and to exercise class. They can run errands, such as grocery shopping, with your parent, getting your loved one’s input while providing their knowledge of healthy eating habits for seniors. They can prepare healthy meals and share them with your loved one. Many times, home care providers become close companions, helping distract your parent from the issues that prompted poor lifestyle choices in the first place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Princeton, 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.
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