Keeping the Elderly Engaged: Perceptions of Value

Elderly Care in Kingwood TX

Many times, family members and caregivers see taking care of the elderly as being similar to taking care of the very young.Elderly Care in Kingwood TX

The Difference Between the Young and the Old

However, those providing care and support to the elderly must remember the primary difference between the old and the young. The elderly may be declining physically and even intellectually, but they are rich with experience and wisdom. They have overcome the stage of life their caregivers are now walking. They have experienced hardship their children will never have to endure. They have labored, loved, lost, and learned. As Robert Frost once said, “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” There is so much respect to be had for those equivalent to “the afternoon” in this quote.

The Key to Enriching Activities

Keeping the elderly engaged begins with understanding and valuing the rich experiences they bring. The more a live-in caregiver can learn about an elderly client, the more potential he or she has to engage, excite, and support the client in way that provides enrichment to their lives. Underneath enrichment lies the basic understanding that a long and healthy life is only desirable if quality of life is maintained throughout the duration of life. For this reason, enrichment is arguably more important than even appropriate medication administration or safety.

Connecting History with Enrichment

To illustrate how a senior’s experiences can be used to provide enrichment in elder years, consider the following scenarios:

  • Emil spent 40 years operating an auto dealership and repair shop. He is no longer physically able to work in the shop, but his live-in caregiver provides frequent updates on the business’s status, seeks his advice when shopping for a vehicle, and asks him to help her determine the underlying cause for unusual noises and errors.
  • Helen was married for 50 years and raised five children. She took great pride in maintaining a neat home and cooking for her husband and children before her dementia progressed. Her caregiver involves her in meal preparation in safe ways – she asks her to wash vegetables and set the table – and requests assistance when folding laundry and dusting.
  • Mary was a professor of literature whose MS has rendered her totally dependent. Her caregiver quizzes her on classic literature, asks for reading suggestions, and reads new and classic literature to her.

 

A quality live-in senior care company works to support rather than simply assist the elderly in their homes, providing enrichment and quality of life through meaningful and engaging activities.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of elderly care services in Kingwood, TX, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! Call Today at (832) 602-2282. Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.

Gary Williams

Director of Marketing at New Frontier Home Care
Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
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Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
Gary is a Verified Google Author