There are certain seasons of the year where people have a difficult time feeling inspired to do much of anything. Winter is often considered one of those seasons. For elderly individuals, winter can mean being trapped inside, unable to get out and visit with friends, unable to enjoy nice, fresh air, not gardening, and more.
When a senior has been hospitalized, those limitations can make it difficult for them to see the point in exercising, eating healthy, and staying focused on their recovery. After all, if they can’t do the things they enjoy, what’s the point?
There is always a point because the seasons will always change.
Spring has finally arrived. Even though some parts of the country are still dealing with winter precipitation and other challenges, most of the country is enjoying warmer weather. That warmer weather inspires outdoor living. It can inspire gardens, walks in the park, and much more.
There are many things that seniors can enjoy during the spring season that help keep them inspired to stay focused on their recovery.
Encourage the senior to get outside.
If the senior has limited mobility and strength, they might not see it as being reasonable or possible to get outside. However, even if they are in a wheelchair, rely on a walker or cane, or have some other mobility issues, with proper care and support, they should be able to do certain activities outside.
This could mean heading to the park. A home care aide, for example, would be a great asset in helping an elderly client get to the park if they want to. They can stroll along the walking areas, as long as they’re clear and safe. They can sit down and feed the birds, watch people as they wander by, and then get back up and go for another walk.
In most situations, doctors are going to recommended exercise for people, regardless of their age. This level of exercise will help them get stronger, healthier, and hopefully more active.
Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to begin thinking about some outdoor activities. It’s time to begin thinking about encouraging an elderly loved one to get outside and get active, if they want to be. Getting stuck in a rut during winter is easy to do, and it may make it tougher for some to see spring in a motivational manner. This is where family and other loved ones should offer encouragement.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Stockton, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.
Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.
Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.
General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.
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