How to Engage Homebound Older Adults

By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on

Homebound is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “confined to the home.” For seniors and older adults, being homebound most often results from decreased mobility and changes in physical and mental health, however, it can also be attributed to decreased motivation or confidence.

Fun In-Home Activities

If you have an aging parent or loved one who seems withdrawn or is no longer interested in pursuing favorite hobbies, it may be time to provide them with a bit of encouragement and support. Home Care Assistance of Centennial, CO recommends incorporating any or a combination of the following activities into your loved one’s daily routine, helping him or her to stay active while promoting feelings of independence and self-worth.

  • Indoor Gardening – People who love working with plants do not need to abandon their hobby when it becomes difficult to move around. Large plant containers can be elevated to a comfortable height and kept in the home or on a sunny porch.
  • Scrapbooking – With the advent of digital cameras, seniors can be supplied with a steady flow of pictures of their family, friends and other favorite subjects with which they can make themed scrapbooks and other craft items. Department stores and hobby shops offer a wide variety of albums and materials that can be used to create beautiful scrapbooks and other projects with photographs.
  • Social Networking – Many older adults are able to stay connected with their loved ones by being active on social networking sites, and most online communities have groups that may interest seniors. An almost endless selection of games can also be found on the internet. In fact, research has shown that playing video games can help older adults maintain brain health and mental acuity.
  • Playing Games – Doing crossword puzzles and playing card and board games are fun and help keep seniors’ minds sharp. Older adults may be interested in getting help from relatives and hosting an occasional game of bridge or euchre with family and friends. Setting up a regular time to play games at an elderly person’s house can be fun for everyone and help the older individual feel less isolated.

Companionship & Emotional Support

It is natural to seek the companionship of others, and this desire does not fade away with time. Studies have even shown that seniors who maintain genuine friendships and social relationships are able to combat feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as a number of health problems. If your aging parent or loved one is no longer able to leave the home with ease, visit regularly and encourage your family and friends to do so as well. A brief check-in can mean the world to your loved one and show them they are still cared about. You can also consider services such as Centennial hourly care. With hourly care, a trained and compassionate caregiver can offer your loved one companionship a few hours a day or a few days a week, and can also help him or her carry out activities in and outside of the home safely.

To learn more about home care or how to better support a homebound senior, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Centennial at 303-957-3100 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.

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