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Discover the Benefits of Enrichment Activities for Older Adults

Is your aging loved one participating in activities on a routine basis, or is he/she stuck in a rut that commonly consists of watching TV, eating, and sleeping? Specifically during this time of quarantining and social distancing, it can be challenging to maintain an active and involved way of living – but it is vitally important for the health and wellness of older individuals.

At New Horizons In-Home Care, we believe that enhancing senior home care services with enjoyable activities is a key element to ensuring the highest quality of life. New Horizons In-Home Care is one of the top Salem senior care providers, in part because we believe our clients deserve to be honored with activities that are enjoyable and help them remain involved in living life to the fullest each day. This means personalizing activities to complement each person's distinct interests, hobbies, and ability levels.

Our person-centered care starts out with understanding as much as possible about the older person's likes, dislikes, goals, hobbies and life history. We get to know the senior through an interview that may also include other family members if desired, and then build a personalized plan of care to include a variety of appropriate enrichment activities.

Just some of the benefits of enrichment activities for older adults include:

  • Lessen boredom and lack of motivation
  • Improve self-confidence and independence
  • Renew or boost purpose and meaning to life
  • Help improve memory
  • Improve physical abilities
  • Foster a sense of wellbeing for older adults struggling with a chronic condition

Effectively boosting seniors’ daily experiences means not just customizing their activities to meet their specific preferences and tastes, but also making certain that their daily routine has some variety. This means that on one day we might concentrate on activities that are designed to boost innovation with a simple but meaningful art project. On the next day, the focus may be on just having fun with a board game or taking a short walk around the neighborhood. Ultimately, our senior home care services will be crafted to help older individuals acquire the highest possible quality of life.

It is also important to utilize some imaginative planning when picking out activities for seniors during a time such as this when it’s safest for seniors to remain at home. Ideas include taking virtual field trips to explore places of interest, making full use of technology like Zoom and Skype to stay in touch with loved ones, or streaming a live concert for a specific genre of music and dancing, singing, or tapping toes together. Our care professionals are always here for you to help spark creative ideas!

At New Horizons In-Home Care, enhancing older adults' daily lives and optimizing their independence are fundamental components of our mission. Our home care services are developed not only to help with seniors’ physical needs, but to enhance their everyday experiences as well. Contact us any time at 503-400-3000 to learn more about our expert home care in Salem and the surrounding areas.

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