When you think of elderly care, most likely you imagine that your mother or father must be ill or incapacitated in some manner, needing care 24/7. However, elderly care can be whatever support care services your parent may need or want. Many aging adults choose to live independently whether it means remaining in the home they shared with their spouse and children or moving to a smaller place to call their own. As independent and cognitively aware as they may appear, the body does slow down over the years.
Whether your parent was active in their younger years or maintained an exercise routine, elderly care may include a wellness program that includes daily walks to maintain good circulation while burning off excess calories as well. Keeping fit will reduce the overall need for care as your mother or father improves their healthy lifestyle.
Elderly care also includes companionship. You may not have thought of socialization as a form of exercise. However, for an aging senior, sharing time with other people allows them the opportunity to use their brains, talk, think and participate in the world around them. When your parent spends time alone, they are isolated from conversation and new ideas. It is similar to turning off the computer and not updating the software.
Your parent needs to be encouraged and supported through elderly care to remain healthy or regain their strength through body and mind performance exercise. The special home caregivers will guide your parent to wellness.