The Wentzville Holt High School Student High School, located in Wentzville, Missouri, recently announced that they will be hosting a senior prom. However, this prom isn’t for students in their final year of high school, but rather seniors in the later years of life. Each year, members of the high school’s student council host a “prom” for local senior citizens. During the few hour evening event, seniors are invited to the high school gym for dancing, refreshments and a chance to get a little gussied up – they can even have a souvenir prom picture taken!
Events like the “Senior Prom” in Wentzville offer a special opportunity for seniors to get out of the house and enjoy something new. For seniors living alone at home, events like these can be especially beneficial, providing something to look forward to and a break from the everyday routine.
For seniors who are hesitant to venture out alone or who no longer drive, the help of a caregiver using a home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, can help lend the help and encouragement they need to venture outside the norm. And to make sure events aren’t overlooked, an agency using a home care software or home care system like ClearCare can schedule caregivers for special days in advance – and ensure that caregivers are reminded with a reminder of their shift from the home care system the day before!
So if you have some help to get out, and a caregiver backed up with the power of a home care software like ClearCare, where will you go? Here’s a few ideas for simple activities to add a little spice to senior life:
Street Fairs & Farmer’s Markets:
Local street fairs or farmer’s markets can be a fun and inexpensive way to get out of the house. Most events of this type are easily accessible to wheel chair or walkers for seniors with mobility issues, and with food vendors, a special treat can be fun for seniors during their day out. Many farmer’s markets also offer a senior discount – so be sure to ask vendors! Not to mention, after heading back home, a task can be scheduled in the home care software for caregivers to help prep fresh fruits and veggies purchased on the trip out –leaving seniors with fresh, healthy, local snacks stocked in the fridge.
Philanthropically-minded seniors can take advantage of fundraising events for local causes near and dear to their heart. Keep an eye out for events ranging from walks to car shows or dinner and dance events for unique opportunities to get out and support a cause. If seniors want to get gussied up, scheduling a home care shift can offer a helping hand with hair and makeup. And with caregiver-client matching within a home care software or home care system, like ClearCare, if seniors need a ride they can be paired with a caregiver capable of assisting with transportation.
Enjoying the Local Arts Scene:
While seniors in more metropolitan areas may have access to various museums and theater or music events, even the smallest towns have an arts scene – which may be as simple as the local high school’s annual production of “Annie.” Either way, getting out and taking in a museum, or a performance from a professional theater company or the high school drama group can be a mentally stimulating activity for seniors.
Getting out for seniors doesn’t always have to mean trips to the grocery store or Bingo at the senior center. With some creative thinking and the assistance of family caregivers, or professional caregivers armed with the assistance of a home care software or home care system such as ClearCare, seniors can explore a wealth of activities that keep them active, happy and social.
Do you have ideas for senior-friendly activities? Drop us a comment and share your thoughts!