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Ideas for a Summertime Care Package for Your Aging Loved One

By Michael Hagman, RN, BSN

Caregivers in Belgrade MT

As a distance caregiver it can often feel like you are disconnected from your aging loved one. Because you are not able to be in the home with them as often as you would like to be, you are not able to give them the direct care and assistance that you would want to, which can leave you feeling as though you are not actively involved in their daily life. While a home care provider and a care network of friends and family members can help you to feel more confident that your loved one is getting the care that they need, you still want your aging parent to know that you are there for them and that you are thinking about them. One fun and effective way to do that is by creating care packages for them. These packages can contain both useful items and fun items that encourage your parent to live a healthy, active, and happy lifestyle throughout the year.

Let these ideas inspire you to create a summertime care package for your aging loved one:

  • Cooling tools. Staying cool is vital to your aging loved one's health, but that can be difficult as the temperatures continue to soar. Send items that can help your parent stay cool even if they are out and about during the hottest days of the year. These can include cooling scarves that contain beads that absorb water to keep the skin cool, or instant cold packs they can use to bring down their body temperature quickly if they get overheated. You can also include fun but useful items such as personal mister fans.
  • Sun safety. Encourage your parent to get outside while still staying safe and healthy by giving them items to keep them protected in the sunlight. These can include sunscreen, UVA/UVB protection sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Nostalgic activities. Simply because your elderly loved one is getting older does not mean that they cannot continue to enjoy the carefree fun of summer that younger people do. Encourage them to stimulate their mind and make memories by enjoying some nostalgic activities such as blowing bubbles, coloring, or even getting silly with their care provider or friends with water guns.
  • Mental stimulation. Staying inside during the hottest points of the day, or when the summer heat is finally broken with a rainstorm, can mean that your loved one has long stretches without being active. Encourage them to keep their mind active during this time with simple but effective entertainment that works the mind and strengthens their cognition and memory skills. These can include Sudoku puzzles, crosswords, word finds, jigsaw puzzles, logic books, trivia games that appeal to their personal tastes, and more. These help to keep their brain working even when they are not able to be physically active, or can make long car rides, waits in the doctor's office, or even sitting in the car in traffic with a care provider more enjoyable.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Belgrade, MT, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (406) 438 - 2231.