Safe At-Home Exercises For Seniors

Exercise is essential for maintaining your health at any age. 

Keeping a regular exercise routine helps control weight, decreases risk of heart disease, provides more energy, improves cognitive function, builds muscle strength, increases stamina, and enhances stability among other things.

Unfortunately, it becomes more difficult to exercise frequently as you age. It’s also challenging for your aging body to perform certain exercises. And sometimes, leaving home to exercise is tough due to limited mobility and/or inclement weather. 

Rather than refrain from exercise, you just have to make a few adjustments. 

By performing the simple at-home exercises below, you’ll be able to enjoy their benefits and help maintain your health!  

At-Home Exercises for Mobility

Limited mobility and the fear of falling are two of the biggest concerns for many seniors. They’re also two of the most common reasons many seniors stop exercising. 

If these factors have forced you to cut back or cut out your exercise routine, we understand. Yet, we also understand that your mobility issues will only get worse if you don’t exercise. 

The following easy-to-perform exercises are designed to improve your mobility and reduce the risk of falling. Plus, they can be done in the comfort of your home. 

  • Standing Wall Push-Ups – Traditional push-ups may be too difficult for you to do these days. But you can still enjoy the benefits of this classic exercise with a few modifications. Designed to strengthen your upper body (especially your arms and shoulders), standing wall push-ups are similar to traditional push-ups. Instead of using the floor as your foundation, you stand vertically with your arms straight and your hands placed on a wall. Keep your feet about two feet away from the wall and about a foot apart from each other. Gently bend your elbows and lower your upper body toward the wall. When your nose almost reaches the wall, straighten your elbows and move your body back to the standing position. Repeat this as many times as your body will allow. 
  • Chair Stands – Getting up from a seated position is often difficult for many seniors. If you’re experiencing difficulty getting up from your chair or out of your car, then this exercise is for you. Designed to strengthen weakened leg muscles, this exercise requires you to sit up straight in a sturdy chair (Helpful Hint: dining room chairs are a perfect choice). With your feet flat on the floor and your back straight. Cross your arms so that the palms of your hands rest on the tops of the opposite shoulders. Then start to slowly stand up. After you stand up, reverse your steps and sit down. Repeat. Start off with a few chair stands and gradually increase your repetitions as you gain strength and stamina. 

At-Home Exercises for Health

Some of the health issues you may experience as you age include osteoporosis, diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, and muscle and joint pain. 

Yet, many at-home exercises can reduce your risk of these medical conditions and/or help  you alleviate their symptoms. 

  • Walking – Of all the exercises, walking may be the most beneficial. Not only does it strengthen leg and core muscles, walking also reduces the risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Best of all, you don’t have to go outside to do it. Whether you employ a user-friendly treadmill, walk around your ground floor or walk in place, if you reach 4,000-10,000 steps a day, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle. 
  • Strength Training – You may think weightlifting is strictly for bodybuilders but that’s actually not the case. Everyone, especially seniors, can benefit from strength training with weights. Instead of doing bench presses with giant barbells, you can lift low weight easy-to-grip handheld dumbbells to maintain weight, promote health metabolism, reduce risk of diabetes, improve balance and flexibility, and, of course, strengthen muscles. Since these dumbbells are so small and lightweight, you can lift them at home or take them with you when you vacation or visit relatives. 

These are just a few of the many popular and practical exercises for the elderly at home. If you are interested in learning more about at-home exercises for yourself or an aging family member, Keen Home Care would be happy to help offer you some additional suggestions. 

Our team also offers first-rate rehabilitation support if you or a loved one requires ongoing support after surgery or injury.  

Contact us today to learn more! 

Healthy Lines Of Communication: The Importance of Speaking With Your Aging Loved Ones

The health of your aging loved ones is always top of mind. That’s why you want your senior parents and relatives to have access to the best healthcare professionals in your community. It’s why you encourage them to eat a healthy diet and maintain an exercise routine if possible. 

While first-rate healthcare, a proper diet and regular exercise are cornerstones of senior health, there’s another vital element that’s often overlooked: communication.  

Seniors who are aging at home spend a great deal of each day alone. Although a little alone time now-and-then is good for all of us, too much of it can affect your aging loved one’s health. 

Long periods without frequent interaction and communication with others can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression. And those feelings are detrimental to seniors’ overall well being. 

Yet there’s a simple way to help your aging loved ones avoid those feelings of detachment and depression – and improve their quality of life: communicating with them. 

How can communication improve your aging loved ones’ quality of life? Read on to find out! 

Health Benefits of Communicating with Aging Loved Ones

Parents of young children often joke that they would do anything for a day by themselves. A day of peace and quiet that’s devoid of disruptions and dependency. 

While that sounds wonderful on the surface, it’s not so enjoyable for seniors who spend most days in solitude. 

Think about it. If your day was mostly spent inside, with no interaction or communication with family, friends or neighbors, following the same routine, wouldn’t you feel sad and lonely after a while? 

If that was your day-after-day existence, you probably wouldn’t feel like getting out of bed. In your mind, there would be no reason to do so. Your body would start to atrophy, your mind would degenerate, and maybe after some time, you would feel like giving up. 

That’s the sad reality for many seniors. However, that poor quality of life is easily elevated when they have opportunities to communicate with you, your family, their friends and even total strangers. 

Communication helps give seniors a purpose in life. It not only encourages them to participate in their lives, it also demonstrates that they’re not alone. That you and others still care about them. Communication shows that you care about your aging loved ones enough to spend time speaking with them and listening to them. 

Studies have shown that frequent communications reduce feelings of depression, anxiety,  loneliness and isolation in seniors. Face-to-face and remote interactions with family, friends and neighbors also helps improve seniors’ cognitive abilities and mobility, lower blood pressure, and reduce the frequency of illness. 

Plus, knowing that someone is listening to them helps seniors feel more respected, empowered and independent. 

All of these benefits may also contribute to your senior loved ones’ increased longevity. 

How to Communicate More Frequently with Your Aging Loved Ones

As you can see, communicating with your aging loved ones is beneficial to their overall quality of life. 

So be sure to spend some time each week speaking with and listening to your senior family members. Pay them a visit on a weekend afternoon. Treat them to dinner on a random weeknight. Invite them to your home for movie/game night, a birthday party or just to sit outside on a nice day and catch up. 

During those times when you can’t be there, pick up your phone and call. If they’re tech savvy, enjoy a video call with the whole family. Send cards for holidays and special occasions. Every little bit of communication goes a long way toward improving their quality of life. 

And remember, if caring for your senior loved ones who live independently is difficult for you and your family, Keen Home Care can help you.

Our team of home health care professionals have the skills to supplement your caretaking needs for your aging parents or relatives. Best of all, of team’s visits provide your loved ones with additional opportunities to communicate with others. 
If you’re interested in more about our home care services, please contact us today! 

Successfully Downsizing And Decluttering Aging Parents Homes

Couple helps parents downsize their home by packing valuables in boxes

All of us have had to move for one reason or another. From the college freshman who’s living away from home for the first time to the young adult in their first apartment to the couple about to become homeowners, moving is an integral part of our lives. While it can be an exciting experience in many ways, It’s also one of the most overwhelming experiences, too. 

Sorting, packing, unpacking, rearranging and acclimating to a new place. None of those moving activities are fun. In fact, they’re pretty stressful. However, if you think those things are no fun at your current age, imagine how much more difficult they will be when you’re a senior. 

When seniors have to downsize and relocate to a new home, all of that sorting, packing, unpacking and acclimating to a new environment aren’t just physically exhausting – they’re mentally and emotionally taxing, too. Seniors are just assessing and packing objects; they’re reflecting on a lifetime of memories and experiences. To them, the move doesn’t signify the start of a new beginning. To them, decluttering, downsizing and moving to a smaller home, apartment or their adult child’s home is the beginning of the end. 

If your elderly parents refuse to downsize and move into a more suitable residence, please understand that you’re not alone. This experience is quite common for most families. However, with equal parts patience, empathy and planning, you can help make this phase of your senior parents or relatives lives more pleasant for everyone. 

To help your senior loved ones successfully organize their belongings and relocate to their new residence simply follow these helpful steps.

Start Cleaning and Organizing Early

If your aging parents haven’t reached the point when they need to downsize, you can help them get a head start on the organizing process now – without having to approach the subject of moving in the near future. 

Help them with their spring or fall cleaning. Use this as an opportunity to help them take stock of their possessions. In the guise of everyday cleaning and sorting, they’ll often be more receptive to donating items they no longer need, shredding old paperwork and rearranging their layouts to be more organized, accommodating and less cluttered. 

Then when the time comes when they have to move and downsize, they’ll already be prepared for the experience.  

Make Seniors a Part of the Process

When adults try to help their aging parents or family members it often seems like a reversal of traditional roles. When the parent feels like the child it can be jarring and, in some cases, humiliating. 

If a senior, especially one that is still capable of living independently, feels like they are losing control and/or being forced into a situation by their adult children, they may feel anger and resentment. This is especially true when the subject of downsizing and moving to a new home comes up. If an aging parent believes a child is trying to make their own life easier by forcing them to move and part with their possessions, they may dig their heels in even further. 

To avoid this scenario, it’s best to include them in the downsizing process. Instead of cleaning, sorting, organizing and disposing of their belongings without their involvement, ask them to assist. Then, to make the situation less jarring, ask them to recall the stories associated with certain items as you pack them up for the move. This action makes the process feel more like a shared experience and less like an audit. 

Show Seniors Respect  

When you’re assisting your parents in their downsizing efforts, remember to keep their feelings in mind. What may seem like “stuff” to you, has value and meaning to them. Some items, even the smallest ones, may be high in sentimental value.

If they are having trouble parting with certain items, you can always suggest that they give these possessions to family members. Classifying these items as heirlooms can make parting with them much more manageable for your aging loved ones. It lets them know that their memories will remain with their families for years to come. 

Moving and downsizing is never easy at any age. It’s especially difficult for seniors. However, the experience can be less difficult for everyone when you carry out the tasks with empathy, encouragement and compassion. 

If your aging parents or family members have recently moved into a new residence and require home care, don’t feel you have to be the lone provider. Let the certified specialists at Keen Home Care lend a helpful hand. 
Contact us today to learn more about our home care services for your aging loved ones.

Fun At-Home Activities For Aging Loved Ones

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Isolation. It’s one of the biggest challenges our aging loved ones face. As they grow older, our senior parents and family members spend more time at home and indoors. Health concerns, limited mobility and other effects of aging often prevent them from visiting some of their favorite places and enjoying some of their favorite activities. This can be discouraging and disheartening for our older family members especially if they were active, outdoorsy or just social butterflies. 

To reduce these feelings of isolation, it’s important for you and your family members to engage with your senior family members. You can help them understand that, although they may not be able to participate in some activities, there are plenty of other fun things they can do at home. And best of all, you can do these activities with them! 

Below are some activities for elderly family members that they and their family can enjoy at home! 

Activities for Aging Loved Ones with Greater Mobility

If your seniors have good mobility, then they may still be able to enjoy some of their favorite activities – with a few minor adjustments: 

  • Gardening – If your mom, dad, aunt or uncle earned a reputation as the family member with the greenest thumb, then this activity is ideal for them! While bending, kneeling and lifting may be more difficult these days, they can still garden with a little bit of assistance from you or other family members. During the winter months, they can keep their gardening skills sharp by planting an indoor herb garden. Best of all, they can use the herbs in their dinners and share them with their family members! 
  • Cooking – Does your senior loved one love cooking? Are they the keepers of a legendary recipe that’s been in the family for generations? If so, you can help them continue to enjoy cooking by being their personal sous chef! They can still call the shots in the kitchen, but you can assist them with some of the minor tasks such as chopping, dicing, lifting and cleaning. Plus, they’ll be able to share these special recipes with you so that these favorite family dishes can be enjoyed for years to come. 
  • Crafting – If crocheting, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking and other crafts and hobbies are their passion, then break out the hooks, glue guns and other tools of the trade for some great at-home fun! Or if they’ve never had the time to craft but want to learn, that’s no problem. The two of you can watch some online crafting tutorials together and learn along the way! 

Activities for Aging Loved Ones with Limited Mobility

Senior loved ones with limited mobility may be having a tougher time adjusting to being homebound and slightly less independent. While they may be unable to perform certain activities that they enjoyed, there are still lots of wonderful things they can enjoy with you and the family!

  • Playing Board or Card Games – Does your senior loved one have a competitive streak? Do they love building their brain power? Or maybe they just love a table full of family members having fun? No matter which scenario describes your aging parent or relative, they’ll be thrilled if you and other family members pull up a seat and play some games. Whether it’s a two-person game like chess or a multi-player favorite like Monopoly, they’ll enjoy every moment of this activity. 
  • Listening to Music – Sharing their passion with others is something many music fans enjoy. So find a comfy spot in their living room, pour everyone a cup of coffee or tea, and listen to some of their favorite tunes on the radio, voice assistant device or record player. The best part about this activity is that it usually acts as a catalyst for senior’s memories. Certain songs bring back great memories that they can share with you and the family. 
  • Sitting Outside – Their limited mobility may prevent them from driving or walking around their neighborhood. But they can still enjoy the beauty of the outdoors from their own backyard. When the weather is warm, take the conversation and the refreshments outside and enjoy the sunshine, gentle breezes and birdsongs. 

These are just a few of the many fun at-home activities your elderly family members can enjoy with their families, friends and neighbors throughout the year. We hope they inspired and motivated you to spend more time with your aging family members to help them stay engaged and reduce their feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

When you cannot be there to assist your aging parents or relatives, let the certified specialists at Keen Home Care help. We are here to help you and your family find the right solutions for your life care management needs. 

Contact us today to learn more about our home care solutions and resources! 

What To Do When Your Elderly Loved One Refuses Help

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We all need a little extra help sometimes. As children, we’re less apprehensive about asking others for help. When we enter adulthood, the need to be independent often prevents us from asking for help. It’s often because we feel self-conscious, or maybe even a little embarrassed, about not being able to do something completely on our own. This is unfortunate because it’s okay to ask for help whenever we need it – especially during our senior years.

You may have noticed that your senior parent or loved one is struggling with various everyday things on their own. Perhaps they’re having difficulty with their mobility. Perhaps they have not been keeping up with their daily medication. They may have even started to become noticeably forgetful.

When these situations arise, your first instinct is to offer help. Unfortunately, many seniors will refuse to accept such offers. Why? Senior may refuse help for a variety of reasons, including
Worry over losing their independence
Shame of being perceived as a burden to anyone
Fear of being incapacitated and/or dying
Resentment at being treated as a “child”

While all of these reasons and emotions are completely understandable, they should not prevent attaining caregiver help for your senior loved one.

If you are dealing with elderly parents or relatives who refuse help, you’re not alone. Many people just like you face this challenge every day. Fortunately, there are some wonderful ways you can help your senior family members overcome their reluctance to receive caregiving help.

Assess Your Senior’s Situation

Before you attempt to speak with your loved one about their need for help, you should really take a close look at their behavior, surroundings and health. Take some time to properly assess your senior parent or relative’s current situation and determine the areas where they need help and what kind of support would be most helpful.

If your loved one is fairly healthy and cognitive but has infrequent mobility issues the degree of help they require may not be significant. However, if your senior has a variety of health issues, suffers from limited mobility or is experiencing cognitive decline, their personal care requirements may be more considerable.

It’s best to identify these areas of concern so you and/or your family can determine which care options may suit your senior loved one’s specific needs.

Allow Seniors To Feel In Control

Since one of the biggest concerns that aging adults have is the fear of losing their independence, your additional care discussion needs to take this into consideration. Assure them that, depending on their unique circumstances, accepting additional help does not automatically mean a loss of independence. The best way to assure them that they still have control over their own lives is to present them with several care options.Some additional care options that can be offered include:

  • Moving into an adult child’s spare room
  • Renovating a section of an adult child’s home to create parents quarters
  • Installing a home monitoring device or system in the seniors home for emergency alerts
  • Retaining the services of a registered home care specialist for regular visits

When they feel that the choice is being made for them, they may dig in their heels and refuse to comply. By presenting your aging parent or relative with these types of options, you allow them to feel more in control of their lives. Now that they have choices to consider, they may be more inclined to accept additional help.

Appeal To Their Parental Instincts

Most parents want to do what’s best for their children. It doesn’t matter if their children are toddlers or adults, most parents want their kids to have the best opportunities. By appealing to these parental instincts, you may be able to convince your senior parent or loved one that accepting additional help and care would help you in the long run.

Help them understand that you worry a great deal about them being alone, injured, in distress or impaired. And that worry is causing you to experience your own issues such as worry, anxiety, sleep loss. If they accept help, then your wellbeing will improve. Essentially, by accepting help they would be helping their child.

Accentuate the Positives

Finally, it’s always a good idea to highlight the many positives of additional help. Deflect the stigma associated with this subject matter by emphasizing the things they gain by accepting additional help:

  • They can continue to live independently
  • They won’t have to leave their home
  • Their pets can continue to live with them
  • They can continue to enjoy their own everyday routines and activities

Essentially, you’ll be able to help them understand that they have more to lose if they should have an emergency or become incapactitated due to an injury. By receiving help, they reduce the risk of emergencies and injuries.

With this information in mind, you’ll be better prepared to have a sensitive and productive conversation with your aging parents or relatives about accepting outside help.

If you and your family are interested in short and long term care options for your aging loved ones, Keen Home Care has many beneficial options available. Our team of home care specialists will work with you and your family to avoid premature or unnecessary institutionalization of your aging or disabled loved ones, so they can continue to live in the comfort of their own home.

Contact us today to learn more about our home care service options for seniors in the Long Beach community.

Responsibilities of Senior Caregivers

An adult senior caregiver sits on a couch next to their aging parent and uses a tablet to explain their current care plan to them.

As your parents and senior family members age, the roles that you both originally played will be reversed: the adult child is now responsible for the care of their aging loved one. 

If you’re approaching the period of your life when you will become a senior caregiver, you may be wondering what’s in store for you. What are your responsibilities? How can you help your parent or senior family member live independently longer – and more safely and securely? 

Below, we discuss some of the key responsibilities of senior caregivers to help you gain a deeper understanding of how you can best help your aging-in-place loved ones. 

Planning and Organizing

First and foremost, your chief responsibilities will involve a great deal of planning and organizing. Not only will you need to help your aging loved ones keep track of their medical appointments and monitor their medications, you’ll also need to help them prepare a care plan that outlines their specific care needs and establishes health goals.

In addition to these medical- and health-based needs, you’ll also need to assist with organizing and tracking your loved one’s income and expenses and monitoring their eating habits (to ensure that they’re adhering to their physician recommended healthy diet plan).   

Assisting with Mobility and Transportation

As they age, your senior family member may experience decreased mobility. Seniors who experience mobility issues are often at greater risk of falls and injury. As a caregiver, you may be required to help your aging loved ones with such things as getting in and out of bed, climbing stairs, or walking for an extended distance and/or duration.  

When seniors experience mobility difficulties and vision impairment, they may have to surrender their driver’s license. If this situation arises, you will have to provide transportation. Whether you transport them yourself or make arrangements with another family member or trusted friend, your services will be required to maintain their safety and ensure that they make all of their necessary appointments. 

Being a Companion

Above all else, senior caregivers must also be a companion to their aging parents and family members. Besides assuming the responsibilities listed above, your companionship and kindness will help your aging loved ones feel less lonely and help them fight off depression, anxiety and isolation. Being a good listener and good company will go a long way toward helping your loved ones age in place for longer.   

These are just a few of the many responsibilities you’ll assume as a senior caregiver. If these responsibilities seem overwhelming, please know that there is help for you and your loved ones. The expert team at Keen Home Care can help you provide first-rate in-home care for your aging-in-place family members. We’re committed to helping seniors continue to live their best lives and assisting Long Beach-area senior caregivers like you. 

Contact us today to learn more about our home care service options for seniors in the Long Beach community. 

Best Technology For Seniors

A senior using a tablet to improve memory care by playing a game of solitaire.

There was a time that technology, gadgets and gizmos were only aimed at kids and professionals. But in recent years, seniors have become more tech-savvy (in some cases, they may be even more proficient in technology than their adult children). This is great news as using technology helps keep seniors more engaged and active as they age in place. 

If your aging parent or loved one is living independently, and you’re looking for user-friendly technology to help them stay connected with family and friends, keep active and fit, promote memory care, and/or keep them safe, we’ve assembled this list of great tech ideas for seniors.

Communicating with Tech

Seniors who are aging in place independently can sometimes feel lonely and isolated. While their adult children are working and their grandchildren are at school, it’s easy for seniors to experience these feelings. Yet, technology can help them feel more connected to their family and friends without having to leave their homes. 

Using technology to have virtual chats is not only a great way for seniors to communicate with family and friends, it’s also fairly cost effective, too. Instead of investing in a high-cost computer set up, families can gift their seniors with low-cost user-friendly portable electronic devices such as modified tablets or laptops equipped with free video conferencing software or applications. 

In addition to seeing their family and friends during the calls, many of these video conferencing applications also feature captioning options that are extremely convenient for seniors who are hearing-impaired. 

Staying Fit and Active with Tech

While most seniors prefer living independently, they sometimes lack motivation when it comes to participating in many important activities. With no one there to prompt them, many seniors run the risk of not staying fit, active and/or following a healthy diet. If you can’t be there every day to give your aging family members the support they may need to stay engaged, don’t worry. There is plenty of great tech that can help. 

Although they are often associated with children and teenagers, there are several video game systems that can benefit seniors, too. Systems like the Wii Fit Plus have been embraced by senior living and assisted living communities to help keep residents active and fit. If your loved one’s primary care provider believes a gaming system can help them follow a regular fitness routine, then this tech may be a valuable addition to their household. 

Healthy eating can make a difference at any age. Yet, it is incredibly important for those who are 65+. If they’re living independently, with no oversight, your senior family members may be more inclined to take detours from their healthy eating plans. Luckily, there are many great applications available for smartphones and tablets that are designed to help seniors enjoy nutritious and healthy eating habits. 

In addition to eating healthy and exercising, seniors need to keep their minds active, too. Technology can help improve memory care, too. Seniors can download plenty of crossword puzzles, brain teasers, trivia and Sudoku applications to their tablets and smartphones. E-readers give seniors access to plenty of books, magazines and newspapers. Users can also adjust the font size if they need to read larger print. Best of all, most E-readers also feature access to audiobook libraries so seniors can listen to books while they’re staying active or if their vision is impaired. 

Tech to Stay Safe

One of the biggest worries for adult caretakers like you is to discover that your aging parent has gone missing. Investing in a wearable device with GPS tracking is a great way to ensure the safety of your loved one. This technology can help you and the authorities learn the location of your missing senior family member to help prevent and/or diminish injury or other emergency situations.  

While all of this technology is terrific, it’s even better when it’s supplemented by professional home care services like those offered by Keen Home Care. If you’re an adult caregiver interested in some extra help with your aging parent or family member, the experts at Keen Home Care are eager to help. Contact us today to learn more about our home care service options for aging parents and family members. 

How To Talk To Your Aging Parents About At-Home Care

A middle-age man shares a dance with his aging mother at a wedding reception

One of the toughest challenges faced by adult children of aging parents is having “the talk”. Many seniors resist the idea of having a caregiver enter their home. The reason has less to do with the aging process and more to do with a feeling that they are going to lose their independence. 

Approaching this topic with your loved one takes a great deal of thoughtfulness. If not handled with sensitivity, it could make future discussions even more difficult. However, there are a few subtle steps you can take to make the discussion more successful. 

Emphasize Their Independence

As we mentioned above, seniors are typically apprehensive about at-home care services because they see it as the first step toward losing their independence. It’s up to you as the adult child to explain that the help of an at-home care professional may actually help them remain independent for a longer period of time. 

Using tact, explain how the help of a home care professional can help prevent accidents or emergency situations that could result in injuries that could negatively impact their independence. Help them understand that dismissing at-home care actually puts their independence at great risk. By looking at home care from this perspective, aging parents may realize that this concept is more appealing and actually beneficial to prolonging their independence.  

Be Honest About Yourself

Caring for your aging parents or a loved one can be worrisome. Like many adult children, you often put your aging loved one’s needs before your own. This is not healthy. Neglecting your personal and professional obligations can cause fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. Ultimately, if you keep following this path, you can negatively impact your health and well being. 

Be honest with your parents. Let them know that you constantly worry about them living on their own – and that this worry is taking a toll on you. They can help relieve you of this worry by considering help from a home care professional. If you know that an in-home care specialist is frequently visiting and assisting them, you’ll have peace of mind. 

Consider a Trial Period

Even after carefully discussing the ways home care services can benefit their independence and your well being, your aging parent(s) may still be on the fence. One of the best ways you can help them better understand the benefits of home care is to ask if they would consider a trial period. 

By acquiring a home care professional for a short-term period, your aging loved ones will experience the first-hand benefits of their assistance. This scenario can help relieve their anxiety and convince them that at-home care services are a wonderful solution for everyone in the family. 

Ask the Professionals at Keen Home Care

If you’re still having trouble convincing your aging parents that home care services are the best option for their wellness and independence, you may need to seek some help from a professional. The experts at Keen Home Care are more than happy to meet with you and your parents to discuss the many ways our services can help your family. Our team can discuss all of the available options, answer any questions you and your parents may have, and build trust with your family.

If you’re ready to discuss home care options in the Long Beach community, the experts at Keen Home Care are ready to help! Contact us today to learn more about our home care services for aging parents and loved ones.

Mental and Physical Wellness Tips For Seniors

Three adult seniors maintaining mental and physical wellness by playing a game of chess in a local park.

Nurturing wellness is important at any age. It’s what makes us healthy, happy and engaged with the world around us. As we age, our wellness needs evolve and change. It’s not just a matter of eating healthy and exercising to maintain physical wellness. Mental wellness matters, too. Seniors must adapt their existing wellness activities and adopt new practices to maintain their overall wellness. 

Below are some of the many ways seniors can cultivate and strengthen their physical and mental wellness. 

Physical Wellness for Seniors

When we’re younger, exercising every day seems to come naturally. Children and adolescents have many opportunities during their school days to run, jump and play games. It’s when we reach adulthood that those opportunities lessen. Actually, the opportunities are still there, we just have to do a better job at providing them for ourselves. 

While exercising is still important for seniors, many of the traditional exercises can be detrimental to aging bodies. Seniors need to adapt their exercise routines to focus on low-impact activities. Walking, swimming, water aerobics, tai chi, light weight training and yoga help improve seniors’ strength, balance and coordination. 

Senior physical wellness is not just about exercising. It’s also about staying active. Staying active can involve anything from socializing with friends and family to cooking dinner to volunteering in your community. Caring for a pet is a great way to stay active (and improve mental wellness), too. Staying active also helps seniors relax more easily and sleep better at night. 

Mental Wellness for Seniors

It’s not enough for seniors to maintain physical wellness only. Seniors need to maintain their mental wellness, too. There are a number of easy and fun activities that can help seniors improve and maintain their mental health and wellness. 

Reading is one of the most inexpensive, relaxing and enjoyable ways to flex those mind muscles. Taking a trip to the local library is not only a great way to keep a steady supply of reading material, it also allows seniors to socialize with others, which in turn benefits physical wellness. 

Playing board games, solving crossword puzzles and putting jigsaw puzzles together help challenge the brain. These activities sharpen thinking skills, improve memory and help fight off cognitive decline. 

Local community colleges and local adult learning centers provide a number of great resources for seniors’ mental wellness. Seniors can socialize (a physical wellness perk) with others, and participate in courses, classes and events that stimulate the brain. Using this resources, seniors can learn a new language, take music lessons to play an instrument, study art, creative writing, history and so much more. 

These activities just scratch the surface of physical and mental wellness techniques. If you would like to learn more about the importance of physical and mental wellness or the currently available Long Beach senior care options, the experts at Keen Home Care are ready to help!

Connect with us today to learn more about senior care in Long Beach!

Tips to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

An adult home caregiver reading a letter to a senior patient resting in bed.

In our previous article, we discussed caregiver burnout and identified its causes and warning signs. Now that you understand the causes and effects of burnout, it is time to explore the many ways this unhealthy condition can be avoided. 

In this article, we’ll explore some of the best methods you can use for caregiver burnout prevention. 

How to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

The best way to help prevent a condition from occurring or progressing is to identify it. Knowing the causes and signs of caregiver burnout makes it easier to take the proper steps to stop it in its tracks. 

If caregiver burnout is on the horizon or is already in effect, they or a loved one can intervene by practicing the following prevention methods:

  • Find Support: Caregivers often become isolated and depressed because they feel like no one else understands their daily struggles. And they often don’t seek help because they don’t want to be a burden to others. This is not a healthy course of action. Instead of bottling everything up, caregivers can benefit from an attentive ear and a shoulder to cry on. Finding an empathetic family member or friend to talk to can do wonders for a caregivers health and wellbeing. They may also benefit by speaking with other caregivers who are dealing with similar physical, emotional and mental issues. Joining a local caregiver support group is a great coping tool to alleviate anxiety and depression. 
  • Achievable Goals: As we previously mentioned, excessive demands, either set by the caregiver or their family members, is a root cause of burnout. Rather than travel down that harmful road, caregivers can be more successful by setting achievable goals. This allows caregivers to recognize their limitations and develop a plan of action that is more realistic based on their personal skills. Caregivers must realize that they can’t do it all. Once they make peace with that fact, they can also reach out to friends and family for assistance. This allows them to step away from their caregiver role to focus on their own personal wellness goals. 
  • Realistic Expectations: Focusing on unrealistic expectations only leads to feelings of failure. Caregivers can avoid these trappings by realizing that their role is to provide quality of life care to their ailing family members. They can not cure their loved one’s condition or reverse the effects of a disease. Making peace with this realization will lift a giant burden from a caregiver’s shoulders.  
  • Eat a Healthy Diet: Many caregivers often feel guilty if they put their own needs in front of their loved one. That means they’ll miss meals or rely on an unhealthy diet to make do. Taking the time to eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner will do wonders for a caregiver’s wellness. They’ll feel less fatigue, increase their energy and fight off illness. 
  • Get Sleep: Lack of sleep not only leads to poor health; it can also lead to poor caregiving. Mistakes and oversights can occur more often if a caregiver is too sleepy to properly focus on their responsibilities. Plus, lack of sleep can take a toll on the caregiver’s own health. A change in sleep patterns to better match their senior loved one’s needs can help ensure a more well rested caregiver.

Additional Caregiving Assistance

In addition to the methods and tips listed above, caregivers can also fight off burnout with help from a professional home care provider. The professionals at Keen Home Care are trained to provide services that combine expertise and compassion. Rather than manage all of the responsibilities of caring for a senior family member, Keen Home Care can help prevent caregiver burnout through their skills and support. They can transform a home into a comfortable assisted living facility that accommodates a senior’s specific needs. This allows patients to experience quality care and families to enjoy their everyday lives. 

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