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Creative Ideas for Senior Activities

Caregivers tasked with helping keep seniors social and active can get stuck in a rut from time to time. There’s only so many card games and senior aerobics courses available before even Grandma is ready for a change in routine. For seniors living at home, new and exciting activities can be especially important to help stave off feelings of isolation and depression triggered by boredom.

One way to help keep boredom at bay for seniors is by enlisting the help of a home care provider utilizing a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, to manage their caregiver’s daily tasks with clients. As caregivers receive reminders of activities for a senior via the home care system, they can play a key role in getting seniors out of the house for stimulating, exciting activities that are sure to boost mood.

Elder Appropriate Activity Ideas

People can get stuck in a rut with their daily routines at any age, but as seniors begin to suffer from reduced mobility, sight, and hearing, finding appropriate activities can become even more difficult. However, with the assistance of an in-home caregiver using a home care software or home care system to manage daily care needs of a client, seniors can have a helping hand available to help them get out of the house and experience the world through in new ways.

Animal Therapy:
The Woodside Village retirement home, located in North Dakota, recently hosted a “puppy shower” for a Golden Retriever who had given birth to a litter or 8 puppies. Seniors got to hold and bottle feed the pups, while the mama dog soaked up the attention from residents. Animal therapy can be a great change in pace for seniors – even those at home. Therapy dog visits can often be arranged through local service dog organizations and with a home care software, such as ClearCare, reminding caregivers of daily events, seniors can be sure they’ll remember when visits are scheduled from furry, understanding friends.

Make a Playlist
An increasing number of seniors are using electronic devices, such as iPads and iPods to listen to music. This opens the opportunity for seniors to work with a tech savvy loved one or caregiver to browse music from their past, or current favorites, and create an electronic playlist or mix CD. Tasks in a home care software or home care system can help integrate listening to music into the daily routines of seniors – an activity that many find boosts their mood!

Put Talents to Use:

Many seniors are talented knitters, crochet masters, woo working experts and more. Working with a local charity to create goods that they can use in their services helps many seniors feel needed and productive. For example, seniors who enjoy crocheting may find joy in making caps for newborns at the local hospital – and delivery of such items can be a fun outing for seniors that caregivers can assist with when scheduled as a task in their home care system.

Keeping activities fresh is as important for seniors as it is for children to keep their minds and spirits vibrant. With the help of a trusted caregiver, a little creativity, and a home care software, such as ClearCare to help keep all of a senior’s activities organized, keeping life fresh after all those years is becoming easier all the time.

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