Monthly Archives: March 2015

10 Spring Activities for the Elderly

10 Spring Activities for the Elderly

It is official.  We have made it through winter, and SPRING is here! Spring is a wonderful time. Flowers bloom, birds return, and animals come out of hibernation.  It is a time of renewal. As caregivers, let’s follow natures example and renew as well.  Spring is an excellent chance for us to shake up our routines.  To help you renew your routine, we have compiled a list of fun things you can do with the seniors you care for.

  1. Feed the ducks at a local lake or pond.
  2. Plant seeds. Flowers and herbs can be excellent, easy-to-manage choices. This can be done indoors in pots or outside.
  3. Take a walk in the warming weather.
  4. Fly a kite.
  5. Have lunch outside.
  6. Paint or decorate a flower pot. Terra cotta is an excellent choice, but also heavy. If you find that weight is an issue, you can use plastic pots as well. They are light and inexpensive.
  7. Set up a bird feeder and bird watch.
  8. Create a flower arrangement. Use either fresh or fake flowers to bring spring indoors.
  9. Do some simple spring cleaning. Spring is a great time to go through your things and organize them, or get rid of anything you don’t need.
  10. Tell a joke!

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After a long and at times gloomy winter, any of these activities are sure to brighten the days of those you care for. Embrace spring!  Think about all the wonderful things about this season. The colors, the promise of hope, being outdoors, the fresh clean air; all of these things can inspire us as caregivers.  The journalist Doug Larson once said, “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” Anyone who lives in the Pacific Northwest knows this to be true. Despite the slush in our shoes, spring is a happy time.  Let’s pass that happiness on to the seniors we care for.

If you care for an elderly loved one and would like help developing a care plan please feel free to contact us. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

Wiser Home Care Services Co-Hosts Annual Senior Prom

Wiser Home Care Services Co-Hosts Annual Senior Prom

Senior Prom 2015!!  Wow! What a night!  Wiser Home Care Services and Morgan Family YMCA recently hosted the annual “Senior Prom” together with Point Defiance Village retirement community.
The night was gorgeous! Classy decorations, lovely appetizers, friendly bartenders, and a dance floor that was never empty. Wiser Home Care Services honored the Prom Queen and King with a beautiful corsage & boutonniere.
Kathryn Fish from Wiser Home Care Services and her design team, transformed the small game room into “The Royal Palace VIP Room.”  VIP Guests enjoyed the Moroccan style ambiance, comfortable pillow lined couches, and of course the plethora of chocolates to choose from.
A big thank you, thank you, thank you to Angel Sergio Rodrigez and Denise Hood from the YMCA and Tawnya Krall of Point Defiance Village. Your hard work is greatly appreciated. Everyone raved about what an extraordinary event it turned out to be.
We look forward to Senior Prom 2016!  Wiser Home Care Services is excited and already getting the creative wheels turning to ensure another successful night.
Take care and we’ll see you at the next event.

Seeing A Life Regardless of Age

Last week we discussed one of the challenges caregivers often face when caring for the elderly.  We talked about how it is important to try to think of things from your loved one or clients perspective and remember to always listen to their voice.

To further this theme we would like to share with you a poem written by a patient in a geriatric hospital in Scotland.  It was discovered after she died and gives insight into the perspective of someone who is used to being overlooked because of her age.

Look Closer, See Me

What do you see, people, what do you see?

What are you thinking, when you look at me

A crabby old woman, not very wise.

Uncertain of habit, with far-away eyes,

Who dribbles her food and makes no reply.

When you say in a loud voice “I do wish you’d try!

 

Who seems not to notice the things that you do.

And forever is losing a stocking or shoe.

Who, unresisting or not; lets you do as you will.

With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill.

Is that what you’re thinking, is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, you’re not looking at me.

 

I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still!

As I rise at your bidding, as I eat at your will.

I’m a small child of 10 with a father and mother,

Brothers and sisters, who loved one another.

A young girl of 16 with wings on her feet,

Dreaming that soon now a lover she’ll meet.

A bride soon at 20 – my heart gives a leap,

Remembering the vows that I promised to keep.

 

At 25 now I have young of my own

Who need me to build a secure happy home.

A woman of 30, my young now grow fast,

Bound to each other with ties that should last.

At 40, my young sons have grown and are gone,

But my man’s beside me to see I don’t mourn.

At 50 once more babies play around my knee,

Again we know children, my loved one and me.

 

Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead,

I look at the future, I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing young of their own.

And I think of the years and the love that I’ve known.

I’m an old woman now and nature is cruel,

‘Tis her jest to make old age look like a fool.

The body is crumbled, grace and vigor depart,

There is now a stone where I once had a heart.

 

But inside this old carcass, a young girl still dwells,

And now and again my battered heart swells.

I remember the joy, I remember the pain,

And I’m loving and living life over again.

I think of the years all too few – gone too fast,

And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people, open and see,

Not a crabby old woman, LOOK CLOSER, SEE ME.

 

– Anonymous

 

When caring for the elderly around us, lets try to remember this poem and react in a way that will benefit our loved ones and clients.  Remember that those we care for have had a full life.  Let’s honor that life and see past the job we have to do to the person we are caring for.

If you care for an elderly loved one and would like help developing a care plan please feel free to contact us. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

 

Honoring the Voices of the Elderly

Honoring the Voices of the Elderly

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” – Tia Walker

For those who have taken up the task of caring for an elderly person, whether as a career or for a loved one needing care, you may have run into some challenges.  One common challenge is how to really care for that person while still respecting the life they had before they needed your care.  You may have to battle with what you think is best for their care versus what they think is best for themselves.

Through this battle, it is important to remember that those you are caring for still have a voice.  We must hear that voice.  They still need choices, to feel listened to, and respected. As caregivers, how can we listen, really listen, to the needs of our clients or loved ones?  The best way is to think of things from their point of view.  How would you feel if the roles were reversed and you found yourself needing care?

Here are a few things that we need to remember from an elder’s perspective:

  • Do not rush me.
  • Do not assume you know what is best for me.
  • Remember that I am an adult,not a child.
  • Treat me with respect.
  • Allow me to have my own schedule, not yours.
  • Remember this is my home.
  • Please remember I have lived a full life and help me live the rest of it with as much joy and dignity as possible.
  • Focus on me and not my disease or disability.
  • Respect my right to grieve the independence I’ve lost.
  • Assist me, do not just take over and do it for me.
  • Please respect my input in how it should be done.

Sometimes when we focus on the task of caring for someone we forget that we are in fact dealing with a person. We forget that our care is about their life, not just a job to be done.  I hope all of us as caregivers and family members remember these words each day as we continue to give care to those who need our help.  While caring for them, lets also try to live by what Tia Walker said above.  Caring for another is an honor.  So, how can you best honor those that you care for?

If you care for an elderly loved one and would like help developing a care plan please feel free to contact us. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.