With the entire world battling the spread of the coronavirus, those of us who live with elderly loved ones are especially concerned. As we all know, older adults are more susceptible to ill health effects as a result of this virus. Keeping them safe from the spread couldn’t be more important. As a result, self-isolation at home is a must.
While you and your family are at home, it’s important to not simply let the time pass by. After all, as a family, there is plenty you can do to enjoy your time together. But what can you do to ensure you entertain your elderly loved ones?
Introduce some modern technologies.
Chances are your aging parent isn’t the biggest fan of modern-day gadgets, social media and music streaming sites. Being “old school” will often cause a person to shy away from new innovations and technologies. With more time on your hands, you have the perfect opportunity to introduce your elderly loved one to new things that will help make self-isolation a lot less boring. In addition, as Sally Abrahms explains on APlaceForMom.com, some new innovations can have life-saving qualities.
“CareZone is a free app you set that buzzes the phone when it’s time to take pills,” she introduces, “You can share medication and other important information. The coolest feature: Take a photo of a pill bottle, upload it, and it gets transcribed and added to the medication list.”
Open up the lines of telecommunication.
In today’s world, the phone call looks a lot different than it did when your elderly loved ones were youngsters. As you know, you no longer need to limit yourself to audio conversations only. Having face-to-face conversations through technologies such as Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime enable your elderly loved one to stay connected to other family members and friends who are isolated in their own homes. It will go a long way in defeating feelings of loneliness.
“Have family or volunteers call residents for a chat,” recommends Karen Buckley on GoldenCarers.com, “It will lift their spirits and provide a welcome break. For an even more interactive and immersive experience, why not video chat using Skype, Google Hangout, or FaceTime!”
Engage in some mental exercise.
Puzzles, board games, crosswords – you name it. There are numerous ways to stimulate the mind and seniors need to take advantage of them as much as they should. Mental exercise is equally important as physical exercise. This is especially true for those who contend with dementia. As New Zealand’s MiNDFOOD tells us, we need to continue challenging the brain to help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them.
“Pick up some adult colouring-in books and pencils from the supermarket,” their website recommends, “Perhaps engage in a daily game of online chess with your grandad or grandma or see who can learn the most Māori over the next four weeks. Not only will you keep their brains active, but you’ll pick up a new language to boot!”
While you work to keep your elderly loved ones entertained during self-isolation, Advantage Home Health Solutions wants to help you ensure their health and safety. To get information about our many high-quality mobility solutions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!