April 16 is Easter and if you have children you are likely thinking about egg hunts and baskets full of treats. As a family caregiver it is important that you remember you do not have to overlook your elderly loved one when holidays come along. Even if they are dealing with challenges and difficulties that impact their daily functioning, you can still make them a meaningful part of your holiday celebrations and ensure that they enjoy this special time with the rest of your family. While you might immediately think about candy, chocolate, and other sweets, this does not have to be the only option for filling an Easter basket. You can give your parent thoughtful treats and gifts that will get them involved while also addressing their needs. This can be particularly useful in areas of the home where your parent might have difficulty with daily tasks, such as in their kitchen.
Let these ideas inspire you for useful Easter basket treats for a senior’s kitchen:
- Automatic can opener. Opening cans and bottles can be extremely challenging for seniors with arthritis, reduced strength, or limited mobility in their hands. Automatic can openers are battery operated or electric so all your parent needs to do is place their can or bottle in the machine, press a button, and allow it to open.
- Tea strainer. If your senior loves a cup of hot tea, treat them to a delicious cup with a bit of personality by choosing a tea strainer that suits their personality. Package this with several flavors of loose teas so that your parent can have their favorite high-quality tea whenever they please.
- Water flavoring packets. Encouraging your parent to drink more water is important to their health and well-being as they age. Flavoring packets can help them make their water more interesting so that they can drink more without adding extra calories.
If you have noticed that your schedule is too busy or you have personal limitations and challenges that keep you from being able to give your elderly parent the level of care that they truly need and deserve, or you simply think that they would benefit from a more diversified care program, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home care provider can be available for your parent on a schedule that is fully customized not just for their needs, but also the type of care that is right for the amount of and type of care that you are able to give them. This means that they are able to live their highest quality of life possible while also giving you peace of mind that they are able to get exactly what they need, when they need it, even when you are not able to be with them. This can be particularly beneficial if your aging parent has been struggling with specific challenges and issues that might keep them from being able to handle basic tasks throughout their home. With personalized support they can encourage them to be more independent, which can help your loved one to maintain better mental and emotional well-being and physical health as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver in Garner, NC or the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at HomeChoice Home Care Services. Call today (919) 847-5622