How to Establish a Social Routine for a House Bound Parent
Greg and Hilary Eldridge
Senior Care in Sandy Springs GA
For an elderly parent who can't get out often to socialize, bringing socialization to them will make a big difference in their world. However, it's important to establish a routine where the elderly parent knows what to expect from day-to-day or week-to-week, rather than haphazardly coming up with ideas here and there. To get started, we've listed a few ways to help an elderly person socialize in their home. Be sure to discuss these activities with an aging parent before implementing them so that everything goes smoothly.
Once a week on the same day and time have a movie night. Choose one or more movies that have been decided upon. From classics to modern day dramas and social documentaries, mix up the movie genre viewing. And don't forget healthy snacks like fresh fruit and popcorn with some candy mixed in. Try to get as many family members involved. Explain that if it's not possible for them to commit to participation on a weekly basis, they can think about bi-weekly or monthly.
From Monopoly to Pictionary, game night will be a blast. Depending on how many people can be gathered, this is something that can be planned on weekly or monthly basis. Take a trip to the toy store with an elderly parent and browse the game aisle. Don't leave without purchasing at least two games and once home, why wait? Break them open and try them out before the big night.
For adult children who have careers and families of their own, it can be difficult to find the time to visit an aging parent every day. That's where elderly care comes in. Not only will an elderly care professional help an elderly parent with tasks around the house, they will also provide companionship. Having someone to talk to and share a meal with is a healthy way for an elderly parent to socialize.
Keeping in contact with friends and family is easy with social media. Facebook is one of the easiest and most rewarding social platforms for an elderly person to use. They can look at pictures, read about what their friends are up to and post their own updates. If typing is difficult for the senior, try a voice controlled mechanism or have an elderly care professional assist. Otherwise, schedule a time a couple of days a week to help an elderly parent utilize social media.
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