Elderly adults want to have fun and relax throughout the day. Seniors who are receiving elder care have many options for leisure, recreation, and relaxation. Seniors can still stay active in their own way and with adaptive tools they can enjoy themselves and reduce the risk of injury.
Safe Water Exercise
Seniors who love to swim, but do not have access to a zero-entry pool can use a pool lift. Most public pools and health club pools now have these, because they are ADA compliant. One of the most versatile brands is the PAL Pool Lift which is a portable lift that can support up to 300 pounds. The lift can be rolled to different locations around the pool or to different pools and is helpful for elder care facilities that have a pool and hot tub, but do not have the funds to buy lifts for each pool. Most pool lifts come with seat belts and accessible chairs to help seniors get into the water for a round of healthy and relaxing exercise.
Safe Strength-Building Exercise
Another useful tool for elderly adults who are in need of elder home care is resistance bands. These are stretchy bands about three to four inches wide and they come in a variety of lengths – over four feet long in many cases. If you are providing home care for elderly parents, you can easily throw these in a bag and help your loved ones use them for strength and stretching exercises. They come in a variety of resistance levels and they are much safer than dumbbells, due to the fact that they are practically weightless. There are many instructional DVDs available for people to learn how to use resistance bands.
Convenient Card Holder
For seniors who like to relax and enjoy a few rounds of cards with friends, a playing card holder is a perfect tool. Many seniors, especially those with arthritis, have difficulty holding their cards. These low cost card holders rest on the table and allow the users to fan them out and play their game rather than struggle with keeping their cards in their hands. The card holder can be placed face down and the cards will not fall out. Elderly home care providers can easily bring these along when they take their charges to friends’ houses for weekly card games.
Ideal Meditation Space
Meditation is frequently in the news because the health benefits extend to the mind and the body. Seniors who regularly meditate can improve their memory and stay mentally alert. Having a special spot for meditation can help encourage seniors to take time to meditate each day. A meditation cushion that is easy to get on and off of can encourage meditation and having an oxygen bar or a good smelling crystal salt lamp in the room can only add to the relaxing atmosphere.
Care Connection provides elder care in Lansing, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.