Monthly Archives: April 2015

What Is Companion Care?

According to the AARP, 90 percent of seniors desire to stay in their own homes rather than live in a retirement community/home. This trend, known as aging-in-place, is expected to continue growing in popularity.

As more and more of our elderly loved ones opt to age-in-place it is becoming increasingly important to adapt health care services to keep them safe and accommodate their specific needs.

Wiser Home Care Services offers a variety of care services that are designed to fit a range of senior care needs.  This week we would like to highlight companion care, one of Wiser Home Care Services’ basic care options.  This option for care focuses on helping seniors who spend a lot of time alone. Companion care is a great option for those who desire to age-in-place.

It is true that we all need some companionship. This is especially true for the elderly who may live alone or have trouble keeping up social engagements. Through providing companion care on a routine basis, a senior’s quality of life and mental health can improve greatly.

Companion care caregivers provide the interaction seniors need to help make them feel connected. Wiser Home Care Services has wonderful companion care caregivers that are there for conversation, able to take seniors to social outings, run errands, and participate in activities as well as do light house duties. Companion care can provide the support needed for seniors to live safely at home.

Our standard companionship services include:

                  • Companionship
                  • General transportation needs
                  • Monitoring diet and meal planning, cooking, clean up
                  • Preparing grocery lists
                  • Grocery shopping
                  • Checking for food expirations
                  • Scheduling foot care appointments
                  • Exercise
                  • Reading
                  • Light housekeeping
                  • Travel companion
                  • Pet and plant care and house sitting
                  • Ordering medications and pick-up
                  • Communicating with all professionals involved in your care
                  • Dry cleaning and laundry: pick-up and delivery
                  • Special projects
                  • Mailings
                  • Booking medical appointments, date reminders, and transportation

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

How Important is Self-Care?

Most of the topics that we discuss in our blog center around the many different ways that we as caregivers can take care of those around us.  Today, we would like to talk about another aspect of care: Self-care.  Eleanor Brownn said, “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” We agree with this statement completely.   Through this blog we hope to encourage you to regularly re-fill your vessel through self-care.

-Rest and self-care are so important.
For many who care for others on a regular basis, the act of self-care can be difficult.  Consider this, however. Shannon Taylor said, “For those of you who struggle with guilt regarding self-care, answer this question: What greater gift can you give to those you love than your own wholeness?”  How can we care for others when we are not whole?  The answer is, we can’t, or at least that we can’t as well as we could if we were whole.  And, how can we become whole? Through self-care.

We truly can care for others better when we learn to care for ourselves first.  Because of this we have put together a list of activities that you can do to replenish and care for yourself.

Mental Health America lists on their website a number of great ways to care for yourself. They include:

  1. Eat healthy food. Cook at home if you can and if you enjoy it.
  2. Get enough sleep. Sleep plays a critical role in managing stress and in staying healthy. Make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
  3. Exercise regularly. Walking, dancing, yoga, whatever it is, do it daily if you can.
  4. Manage Stress. This goes hand-in-hand with exercise and sleep which can be great tools in helping you manage your stress.
  5. Go to regular health check ups.
  6. See friends. Go out to coffee and catch up with someone you are close to. Better yet, have a standing date with that person.
  7. Do something for your enjoyment. Some good examples could be gardening, watching your favorite show on TV, reading, knitting or crafting. Whatever you like to do, try to fit something in every day.
  8. Get a relaxing massage.  Pampering yourself every once in a while can make you feel great!
  9. Take a bath. Much cheaper than a massage, but with the same great relaxation benefits.

Taking care of yourself is just as important as caring for those around you. Remember you can’t meet another person’s needs if your own needs are not being met. As always, if you need help caring for someone you love, we would love to help.

 

Senior Easter Activities

We are approaching another wonderful holiday: Easter! On April 5th Peter Cottontail will take his long journey hopping down the bunny trail to deliver eggs to millions of children everywhere. On the same morning millions of people will dress up for Sunday church services. Easter is not a holiday just for children or religious observances, though. This holiday is also a great excuse to get creative, remember past times, and make delicious goodies.

We have compiled a list of fun activities that can be done by all ages. Look them over and choose an activity that would work well for the senior you care for.

Any of these activities would make great additions to your normal care routine for any senior that you care for.  They are fun for all ages, so make sure to join in on the fun!

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.