Staying active is important for good health, not just the physical, but also emotional and mental. When a person is stagnant, sits down a lot, idle, and doesn’t do a lot of physical activity, they are not getting the kind of benefit they could if they were frequently on the move. Of course, for an elderly person, this may be difficult. When an individual has physical limitations, health issues, or other challenges that make various activities unsafe, what can they do? They can turn to elderly care as an option.
Elderly care is a valuable asset that provides support to aging seniors who need some type of help along the way. It can offer physical assistance and even emotional benefits.
What is elderly care?
An elderly care aide is a person who will visit the aging senior in their home. That means the elderly person can still remain where they are, aging in place, as it is often referred, and still receive support along the way.
An experienced care aide can assist an aging senior with a variety of tasks and activities, not just with the most basic necessities. An aide can help a client get out of bed, get into and out of the shower, be safe on the toilet, do the laundry, light housekeeping, preparing meals, and so much more.
But that’s not all an experienced, qualified elderly care aide can offer. Elderly care can also assist their clients in performing a number of activities or taking part in things he or she still enjoys.
Let’s say an aging senior still wants to go to the park. Going to the park might have been a wonderful, cherished activity for a person in their 70’s or 80’s, but they haven’t been there in months or even years because of physical limitations, and inability to drive, or not having anyone to take them.
Or, their physical challenges may be so significant that even the thought of walking through the park on their own is unrealistic. An aide can go along with this individual, giving them physical support, such as holding onto their arm, giving them someone to balance on, and making sure they don’t slip and fall down. Just taking a little stroll in a wonderful environment, in the fresh air, as long as it can be done safely, can offer tremendous emotional and physical benefits.
Keep in mind that doctors recommend even people in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s should be getting cardiovascular exercise to elevate the heart rate for at least 15 minutes every day. When you exercise, your brain also releases endorphins, which are feel good chemicals, that elevate your mood.
So, you see, elderly care can be beneficial to help those seniors who still want to be active and do so in a safe and healthy way.