Helping your Parent Connect

Caregiver in Orinda CA

Whether because of disease, physical limitations or changes in the family structure, many seniors find themselves spending increasingly more time at home alone than in the company of others. Caregiver-in-Orinda-CAYou, as a family caregiver, are in a unique position to encourage and help your parent find ways to interact and engage with the world—activities that help keep them happy and healthy as they age.

Become Engaged

Fortunately, the world is not at a loss for activities that keep seniors engaged. In addition to the social interaction, learning something new can stimulate brain cells and help support an aging parent’s memory and recall that might be waning. Talk with your parent about activities that they may have wanted to experience or learn and just never took the time to participate in. These could include arts and crafts such as pottery, weaving or mosaics. Their unfulfilled passion might encompass learning another language or taking up a musical instrument. Never limit the possibilities. One of the most important aspects they derive from these types of classes is the strangers that will become friends and that share some common ground.

Volunteer

A senior may hesitate to venture out to socialize on their own, but if you suggest it in a way that illustrates how they are needed you may just find a willing and able participant. Senior Corps is an organization that connects those 55 and over with organizations that could use their help. One of their programs, RSVP, recruits volunteers to mentor and tutor children along with participating in environmental projects and responding to natural disasters. Foster Grandparents and The Senior Companion Program are two additional programs that provide teaching and mentoring for disadvantaged youth and seniors helping seniors.

The Senior Community Center

Your local senior community center is a good place to start when it comes to obtaining resources regarding keeping your loved one socially active. They often have lunch or dinner get-togethers as well as offer classes in arts, technology and exercise.

Home Care Provider

If your loved one has never been a joiner, it can be beneficial to have someone accompany them to their first meeting, whether it is at a volunteer organization, a social outing, or a new class. A home care provider can do just that as well as provide the transportation and slight caring nudge your may need to get themselves out into the world despite the challenges and changes that aging brings. Many times the home care provider will become one of your parent’s closest companions as they assist them with the daily activities of living.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional caregiver services in Orinda, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

 

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.