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Showing Appreciation for Your Senior Parents

By Debbie Waddell, 10:30 am on

No matter how old you are, you will always be a child to your parents. They raised you and helped shape you into the person you are today. However, it may have been a while since you’ve acknowledged how important they are in your life. As your parents age, they may need more emotional support from you as well as assistance with daily living. The staff at Granite Bay Home Care Assistance has a few suggestions for showing your elderly parents just how much you appreciate them.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Many seniors enjoy reminiscing about the past and take great comfort in looking at old pictures and memorabilia that represent a happy time in their lives. Making a scrapbook with your parents’ special pictures and sentimental items can give them hours of enjoyment in an easy-to-handle and compact book.

Schedule Day Trips

Your elderly parents may not have the ability to drive or travel as much as they used to. Scheduling occasional day trips to museums, restaurants, sporting events, and parks can provide a welcome diversion from their day-to-day lives. Your mom and dad will likely appreciate the time and effort you invested in the trip to help brighten their day. If your parents have limited mobility, make sure the trip is not too strenuous and that you take frequent breaks in between activities.

Have a Reunion

As people grow older, feelings of loneliness and isolation sometimes enter their lives. Planning a reunion with family members and old friends can encourage socialization and renew special relationships. A reunion celebration doesn’t have to be a large and extravagant event. It can simply be a gathering of a few people who have held special places in the hearts of your parents throughout the years. Being with people they have bonded with throughout the years may help promote feelings of wellbeing, restore hope for the future, give them something to look forward to, and diminish negative feelings of isolation, sadness, and depression.

Hire an In-Home Caregiver

If your elderly parents need help managing illnesses or accomplishing daily tasks, hiring a professional in-home caregiver is another thoughtful way to show appreciation for them. Granite Bay caregivers offer various levels of help to seniors, ranging from light housekeeping and meal preparation to transportation and medication reminders, and they can also enhance your parents’ lives through mental and social stimulation.

Being a family caregiver is one of the best ways you can show appreciation for your senior parents. However, you may have concerns about the quality of care you can provide for them. If your parents need additional help with the activities of daily life, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer part-time and live-in care, and we also provide specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Granite Bay, Folsom, and Placer County seniors can count on. For more information and to schedule a no-obligation consultation, call 916.226.3737 today.

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