Elderly Care in Guilford CT: Planning Fun Activities for Your Aging Parent with Dementia


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Planning Fun Activities for Your Aging Parent with Dementia

Elderly Care in Guilford CT

Elderly Care in Guilford CTIf the parent you’re providing elderly care for suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or some other dementia, finding fun things to do can be even more challenging. They, and you, may feel frustrated because the things they once loved to do, may no longer be possible because of their disease, but you can find other, new things they can enjoy; things that involve their five senses. Whatever it is it’s important they have fun with it.


Cooking or baking can evoke many memories for a dementia sufferer and there’s no end to activities and your loved one can do together. Whether it’s a sampling or tasting of different treats like snacks, chocolate, candies, food dipped in different-flavored sauces, etc., or something more involved like baking and decorating cookies or a cake, food and the preparation of it brings people together and experiences and memories can abound from there.


Smells have a way of evoking special memories for people. Using smell to engage someone with dementia is a wonderful activity, and there are so many different things to try. You can do something as simple as sampling different perfumes in a local department store, to picking some fragrant flowers together, or sampling different kinds of potpourri or incense in their home.


Have you ever heard a song on the radio and immediately were transported back to a place and time or activity that you recall vividly? The same could be true for someone even though they suffer from a memory-robbing disease.
So take some time to listen to music that has a special meaning for your loved one, or sing favorites songs, hymns or even Christmas carols together (even if it’s not Christmas yet)? You could also attend a local concert or watch a concert or music videos on You Tube or Public TV.


The gentle touch of someone’s hand a loving lick from a furry pet can make everything seem alright, no matter how bad the day was. But there are also other ways to incorporate the sense of touch into your loved one’s life: It might be a back rub or massage; finding out if there are any therapy pets in the area and, if so, scheduling one to come visit; working in the garden together; or even kneading dough for cookies or homemade bread.


Visual stimuli can be a wonderful for someone suffering from dementia. Seeing something beautiful can transform a bad day into a happy one. You can bring things into their home that are both colorful and either interesting to look at or fun to do. For example, at Easter time, you could dye eggs together; at Christmas, decorate the tree or windows with multi-colored lights; get picture books from the library that have vibrant colors; look through magazines, newspapers or photographs for colorful sights or ads; let them watch cartoons, draw in a coloring book, or even do a painting with brilliant colors.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Guilford, CT. Please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare East Haven. Call today: (203) 691-5071.

Gordon A. Wall
Gordon A. Wall

Welcome to SYNERGY HomeCare of East Haven, CT. We are an agency that provides non-medical services such as companion care, homemaking, personal care , and respite care to individuals of all age groups. Our mission is to assist individuals to reach the maximum amount of independence they can achieve, and to improve the quality of life for those that are experiencing physical or mental disabilities. These disabilities may include, but are not limited to, stroke, Alzheimer's or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, or cancer.

Hello, my name is Gordon Wall and I am the President and owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of East Haven, Ct. My wife and I have been in the medical field for 35 years as I am a Registered Pharmacist and my wife a Registered Nurse. Although SYNERGY HomeCare is a non-medical agency, together we have a long history of medical expertise that is beneficial in providing homecare services.

We understand the challenges, both physically and mentally, that are involved in caring for aging parents, as we have had our own personal experiences, and are aware of the demands it places on family members as they endeavor to maintain their own household/lives. We are very passionate about maintaining the integrity of the workers and the dignity of the clients. We strive to make aging and healing a beautiful part of life and realize the importance of staying in ones home to achieve this. Whatever age requires the service.....'There is no place like home'.

We specially train our caregivers/CNA's to meet the individualized needs per diagnosis. We instill in them the importance of treating each person with respect, compassion, and having empathy with their client. Each caregiver/CNA is CPR certified, they have evidence of negative TB testing, they are fully insured and a national criminal background check is performed. My wife works with each caregiver clinically before they are assigned to a client. Once assigned to a client, quality calls and visits are conducted to make sure the client/family is satisfied with the care they are receiving with their caregiver(s). There are times when a client is receiving medical care. We also can work side by side with a medical team in providing additional non-medical care.

As SYNERGY HomeCare of East Haven our service area consists of New Haven, East Haven, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, Northford, Wallingford, and Durham. Our services are not limited to providing care only in one's home, but also to those individuals who require assistance in hospitals, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities.

There is much more to be said about SYNERGY HomeCare, our CNA's, and our services. Feel free to contact our

office at 203-691-5071. Our phones are answered live 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. You can also view our website at www.synergyhomecare.com to see all that SYNERGY has to offer.

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