If you have a loved one that is in need of at-home care from you or a caregiver, then you have a lot of decisions to make. You are probably thinking, “Duh! I didn’t need a blog to tell me that…I’m living it!” We understand. That’s why we, at Champion Home Health Care, want to help lighten your load and make this time of transition a little bit easier.
One concern that may come up regarding your loved one’s care is, “What is he/she going to do all day? I don’t want them to be bored!” If your senior or disabled loved one is essentially housebound, then you may be very concerned that they will become bored or depressed without enough to do or a change of scenery. Sitting in front of the T.V. all day may appeal to some people, but it definitely won’t appeal to everyone.
If your loved one wants to get out of the house, there are definitely ways to make that happen! A disability doesn’t preclude your loved one from enjoying more of what life has to offer. There are day programs available for your loved one. When looking for an adult day program, you will want to find out several things before making your decision on which program is best for your loved one.
What Ages Does the Program Cater To?
First, find out the ages of the people for which the program is designed. You probably don’t want your 25-year-old daughter being dropped off with 80-year-olds all day. She will probably feel out of place and not enjoy the program as much as she could if she was attending one that was catered to people her age.
Will the Program Be a Good Fit?
Second, find out what disabilities or challenges for which the program is designed. You don’t want to drop off a loved one with physical disabilities only at a program that is designed for people with memory issues like Alzheimer’s. That will not be a good fit. Conversely, if your loved one has Alzheimer’s, you want them to be in a program designed specifically for their needs.
What Kind of Activities are Offered?
Third, find out what activities are offered. Make sure that they are the type of activities your loved one enjoys. Don’t send your physically disabled loved one to a program that requires excess physical activity! If they desire a lot of social interaction, ask if they have group activities. If your loved one needs some “alone time” during the day, then ask if they have individual activities like puzzles.
Socialization is an important part of anyone’s health. Humans were not designed to be solitary. Even introverts need social interaction to maintain a healthy balance in their lives. It may not be prolonged or look like the social interactions of an extrovert, but it is still important. There are a variety of programs and there is likely one that is right for your loved one.
If you are ready to find a kind, compassionate, and highly trained caregiver or senior helper for your loved one, then please call us today at Champion Home Health Care. We serve North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton. We believe that we can provide your disabled or elderly loved one with the care that they need and want, so please call us today!