It’s not uncommon for homebound seniors to experience boredom or even depression, especially if they once had active lifestyles. Boca Raton senior care experts offer with these fun and creative ideas to keep your senior loved one’s brain and body active when he or she is unable to leave home.
1. Maintain an Indoor Garden
For seniors who loved to garden outdoors but are now not as mobile, an indoor garden can be a wonderful way to exercise a green thumb. Set up an indoor herb garden on the counter, or consider putting large planters on the patio (tall enough to reach from a wheelchair or seat). Aside from something to do, gardening, even indoors, provides a wealth of health benefits for seniors including reduced symptoms of depression and an increased sense of self-worth.
Many non-profits can use all the extra help they can get, including making phone calls and other activities that can be done at home. Working for a cause they are passionate about will give a homebound senior purpose and satisfaction.
3. Get Online
The internet is an incredible source of both knowledge and fun. Seniors can download as many books as they can read without having to take a trip to the library or bookstore, play games such as crossword puzzles, Scrabble, or jigsaw puzzles that may be too painful now to do by hand, and even enroll in online classes from both community colleges as well as universities around the country.
4. Play Video Games
While gaming may seem like a surprising choice, video games are actually very beneficial for senior health and wellness. Studies show seniors who regularly play stimulating video games perform better on memory tests and experienced improved reflexes.
5. Listen to Digital Audiobooks
Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time, especially for seniors with vision loss or who have serious physical limitations. Local libraries offer a large selection of audiobooks or your loved one can download audiobooks online.
If your homebound senior loved one needs helps with daily tasks or could use regular companionship, Home Care Assistance can help. With hourly or live-in care, your loved one will not only get the help he or she needs around the home, but they will receive emotional support and mental stimulation through out Cognitive Therapeutics Program. To learn more, call (561) 826.9282 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager