Home Care in Fairfield, CT
As a family caregiver for your aging loved ones, you know how important regular activity is to their home care routine. Staying physically and mentally active supports ongoing health and well-being, helping them to enjoy a higher quality of life throughout their later years. Staying mentally and physically active, however, does not necessarily have to mean having a schedule packed full of games, crafts, outings, and exercise routines. Basic tasks you already do in your regular schedule can offer a tremendous array of benefits. For examples, studies have shown that seniors who shop on a daily basis are at a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death than seniors who do not engage in shopping regularly.
Benefits that your parents can experience from shopping regularly with you or their home care aide include:
• Physical exercise. Shopping usually involves a considerable amount of walking, which is fantastic physical exercise. When your parents are having fun looking at items, talking with you, and being out and about, they do not think about the fact that they are exercising, which means they are more likely to walk for longer and get more activity.
• Mental stimulation. Shopping is a great opportunity to stimulate your parents' minds, encouraging them to use their cognitive processing skills, critical thinking skills, and memory skills, as well as providing sensory stimulation as they experience a wide variety of colors, patterns, sounds, smells, and even tastes as they make their way through an array of different stores.
• Social interaction. Staying socially active is a critical element of keeping your parents' mentally and emotionally healthy. Going out shopping provides the opportunity to engage in conversation with a variety of people, including you, their home care provider, and whoever else they may be shopping with, as well as store clerks, fellow shoppers, and others. Even just being near other people helps to boost mental and emotional health, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, and increase feelings of relevance in the community.
While you are likely to have certain types of shopping that you have to do on a regular basis, including grocery shopping and shopping for clothing or shoes, even if you do not have specific things that you need, your loved ones can still benefit from the experience of shopping. Just going window shopping, when you only look at items without the intention of purchasing anything, is a great way to stimulate conversation and get their minds working, or you can take a large shopping need, such as the need to purchase holiday gifts or food for a large holiday meal, and divide it up across several shopping trips so that your parents can experience the benefits of these trips on more than one occasion.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Fairfield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.