Americans are living longer than ever as medical advances and scientific research help push the boundaries of health and wellness.
It’s more important than ever to develop and maintain healthy habits, even for seniors. Family caregivers, who assist their aging parent with daily living, have an added responsibility to implement good health practices for seniors who can’t easily do it themselves.
So how can family caregivers help their aging parents be as healthy and active as possible? When the whole family focuses on living better and adopting good habits, everyone benefits. Family caregivers need to act now to put plans in place, so their elderly mom or dad can age in place with safety and health considerations all addressed.
Almost every area of an aging parent’s daily life can be improved to boost healthy aging. Here are just a few of the areas that make the biggest impact:
- Regular medical checkups
- Healthy and nutritious meals
- Taking medication properly
- Restful sleep
- Exercising or otherwise staying active
- Good hygiene
- Creating a safe home
- Engaging in social activities
- Keeping the mind sharp and busy
- Finding a sense of purpose
Few aging parents can do all of this on their own, especially those that rely on family caregivers for help.
But how can family caregivers encourage healthy living when they have their own responsibilities to think about, such as a job or children? Trying to do so much on their own can lead to their own health crisis, known as caregiver burnout. The solution for both the family caregiver and their aging mom or dad is to find reliable help. Many families hire senior care providers to assist their aging parents who still live at home but struggle to do daily tasks alone.
Senior care providers are professionals that are experienced in caring for aging adults. They come to the home and assist with day-to-day tasks that elderly adults may not be able to do for themselves. The goal of the senior care providers is to help the elderly adult live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. They pitch in with housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparation. Senior care providers can also assist with bathing, dressing, hygiene, and grooming every day and night. Above all, senior care providers can be companions to aging adults who might be feeling lonely or socially isolated.
When seniors develop good health habits over a wide range of areas, the benefit in so many ways. Not only will they be physically healthier, but their mental and emotional state will better. However, dependent seniors cannot make these sweeping changes alone. They depend on their support system of family caregivers, friends, neighbors, senior care providers, and community services to assist them in being as happy and healthy as they can.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Claremont, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203
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.