For Seniors with Limited Mobility, Bring Spring Inside
Spring is in the air! But for seniors with limited mobility, there may not be as many opportunities to go out and enjoy the sunshine. In-home caregivers can help by bringing spring indoors. After all, it’s these little details, like helping people enjoy the seasons, that make in-home caregiving so special.
Caregiving Tips for Senior Care in the Spring
Springtime in Northern California means super blooms, an abundance of produce at the farmers’ markets, and celebrations of springtime holidays. Here are five caregiving tips to help homebound seniors enjoy that daisy fresh feeling of spring.
Try Something New
Spring is a time for renewal and new beginnings. In-home caregivers can take this opportunity to reset goals and embark on something new with their clients. This might be a new recipe to try, a new activity, or a new healthy habit to form. The sky's the limit!
Roll Up Your Sleeves for Spring Cleaning
Even preparing for spring cleaning can bring about a sense of accomplishment. In-home caregivers can help seniors get prepared for this, too! Being able to clean your own home, even if it is just a few of the chores or making suggestions, provides a sense of independence and achievement. Helping people remain independent in their own homes is what in-home caregiving is all about. Not sure where to get started? We recommend these 8 Spring Cleaning Hacks for Seniors.
Make Seasonal Meals
If seniors with limited mobility are unable to get to a farmers’ market, bring the market to them! In-home caregivers can help shop for in-season fruits and veggies, and can prepare seasonal meals for their clients, giving them a taste of spring!
Bring Spring Indoors
Sometimes it is difficult for seniors with limited mobility to get outside. In-home caregivers can create a springtime effect indoors. Pots of spring flowers like daffodils and tulips can brighten up a room. In-home caregivers can even help seniors create indoor potted gardens with herbs and veggies like tomatoes and basil. In-home caregiver Doris, from Alegre Home Care, goes the extra mile and makes use of her client’s living room as another point of activity instead of just the bedroom where the client tends to stay all day. Doris sets it up so that soothing music can be played and makes a spread of her client’s favorite books and magazines.
Listen to the Sounds of Spring
An open window can bring in some fresh, springtime air and also the songs of birds. Other ideas for listening to the sounds of spring include putting on a playlist of nature sounds, listening to an audiobook about a springtime story, or putting on a podcast that centers spring activities as the subject matter.
Celebrate the Holidays
Spring is home to many holidays across many religions and cultures, including secular ones. Depending on what kinds of holidays seniors like to celebrate, in-home caregivers can help with decorations and facilitating holiday activities. Popular spring celebrations include the Vernal Equinox, Easter, and Passover, May Day, and Beltane.
Do You Need Caregiving Help this Spring?
Family caregivers often rely on the support of in-home care services for their loved ones. Having this support helps lighten the responsibilities and provides quality care that benefits everyone involved.
All in-home caregivers at Alegre Home Care are thoroughly screened and trained in a variety of caregiving specialties. If you or a loved one are in need of in-home care services, contact Alegre Home Care at one of our Northern California offices for a free consultation.