Care Activities Ideas for Homecare Business Owners

Companionship services are a big part of the homecare business. By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65, and many of these seniors will need support to ensure that their basic socialization, supervision, and living needs are met.

Our in-home companionship services are comprehensive, designed to promote the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of our clients on the way to improving their holistic health. We help our clients with everyday tasks like organizing and reading mail, writing or typing letters and correspondence, and light housekeeping. Our companionship service also ensures that medication is being taken according to schedule and nutritious meals are being prepared and eaten, as you might expect from a homecare business specializing in healthcare. Once clients warm to their caretakers and trusted relationships develop, our team also provides friendship and emotional support.

Although the Executive Home Care team operates according to a winning playbook, we also appreciate the importance of mixing things up to keep our Companionship services fresh and enjoyable for clients. In fact, research by Rolland et al (2008) found that acquiring new physical skills can contribute to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Similarly, meta-analyses by Coyle (2003) found that effortful mental activities can protect against dementia, especially when these activities are novel.

What does this all mean for your homecare business? The best Companionship services will incorporate new activities to stimulate clients as much as possible. This will make visits more enjoyable, help combat loneliness and improve mood, and provide the cognitive benefits of effortful thinking, physical activity, and novelty.

In today’s post, we share some fun care activity ideas for homecare business owners. Read on to learn some fun, safe, and inexpensive activities that will stimulate your clients!

  • Enjoy classic games. Find your favorite classic games and clear a table or bring a blanket outside to enjoy the last rays of sun before winter arrives.“Brain training” is a new phenomenon sweeping through our culture, with a myriad of new Smartphone Apps being developed to improve concentration, coordination recall, retention, and decision-making speed, but classic games like checkers, chess, and shuffleboard all work just as well! Have some fun, keep the conversation alike, and enjoy a stimulating game with your client.
  • Develop a green thumb. Gardening is a great activity that our seniors have warmed to for years. Planting flowers is a relaxing way to decorate the inside or outside of the home, while tending to a vegetable garden is a rewarding way to keep on top of your nutrition by reaping loads of fresh, organic vegetables! Though winter is upon us, many indoor options exist, and learning all there is to know about one of the most ancient practices in the world will certainly keep your clients stimulated.
  • Embrace your inner yogi. Yoga is perhaps one of the best exercise options for seniors who prefer to remain in the comfort of their home. Though any self-respecting yogi will tell you about the joy of practicing near a babbling brook or under the sun, one of the greatest things about this form of exercise is its low-tech requirement. Simply invest in a yoga mat or find a comfy place on the carpet and experience the joy of opening up your body. This is a great, low-impact way to reduce arthritic pains and improve posture, and it has tangible mental health benefits to boot!

Want to learn more ways to expand and improve your Companionship services? Visit http://www.executivehomecarefranchise.com 

References

Coyle, J. T. (2003). Use it or lose it—do effortful mental activities protect against dementia?.New England Journal of Medicine, 348(25), 2489-2490.

Rolland, Y., van Kan, G. A., &Vellas, B. (2008). Physical activity and Alzheimer’s disease: from prevention to therapeutic perspectives. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 9(6), 390-405.