Home Care in Old City PA
What are some of your most cherished memories when you think back to your childhood? Yes, the roles are reversed if you find yourself caring for an elderly parent—but thinking back can help you remember the activities you enjoyed together in your youth that your parent may now enjoy in their aging years.
Bingo is not the only game for the elderly. What did you play together growing up? Monopoly, Clue, Go Fish, Uno, War, Backgammon? The possibilities are endless. Did you work together on puzzles or crosswords? These are great activities for keeping the mind sharp. To keep eye-hand coordination strong, consider ping pong. What arts and crafts did you enjoy together? Mosaics, pottery, painting, knitting or scrapbooking are just a few of the many options available. It’s easy to forget how much fun we had with our parent in those special moments we played together. Now that the tables have turned, don’t let the chance to play together again slip by.
Instead of a sandwich in front of the television, consider making one lunch a week a special event by going on a picnic. Maybe even pick out a special basket to commemorate the occasion. Food that travels well includes fried or roasted chicken, various salads: chicken with apples, grapes, walnuts and celery in a mayonnaise dressing; tuna with dill, parsley and pickles in a lemon/mayonnaise dressing; or a vegetable pasta with gorgonzola cheese and kalamata olives. If you don’t have preparation time, throwing some various cheeses together with French bread, apples can make a great picnic. It’s really more about the company and the scenery than the food. Don’t’ forget to include a nice wine, lemonade or ice tea and, above all else, a decadent dessert like chocolate macaroons.
Making time to play will not only be good for your parent, it will be good for you as well. If you find the daily chores of caring for your elderly parent have left little time for games and crafts, consider letting a home care provider take over some of those routine tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, shopping, light housekeeping, or running errands, so you can have time making memories with someone you love.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home care in Old City, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. (215) 882-8234.