As humans, we have a fundamental need for socialization. We spend our lives creating meaningful relationships with those around us. The ability to maintain a social life, however, becomes more difficult with age as keeping in touch becomes harder and conditions or ailments may make it difficult to leave the home on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are still many things that you can do with your loved one at home to help them stay engaged and enjoy an active social life. Here are some ideas for home activities that you can invite your loved one’s friends and family over to participate in:
- “B Movie” Night – Invite friends and family over to watch a classic “B movie” like Casablanca or a popular Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant film. Gathering everyone together is a great way to change up your loved one’s daily routine and because many of these movies came out when your loved one was growing up, they can ignite conversation and allow your loved one to share memories of the past.
- “Porch-nics” – With the summer season upon us and weather starting to warm up, it’s the perfect time for a picnic. However, if your loved one is unable to travel far from home, invite friends and family over for lunch or dinner on the back porch. Set up the grill and encourage people to bring over their own creations. Even the most simple meals can be made special when spending quality time with those close to you and your aging loved one.
- An Afternoon of Cards – Many individuals of the older generation are active bridge or canasta players. Whatever card game your loved one happens to enjoy, see if a small group of their friends would like to come over on a regular basis to play. This can help your aging loved one to rekindle old passions while enjoying great conversation with individuals they may not get to see as often as before.
These activities can be tailored to your loved one’s own interests and are all good ways to make sure that your loved one is able to enjoy the company of others on a regular basis.
If you are concerned about your aging parent or loved one and feel that they may be missing out on the companionship they need to continue living a happy, healthy life at home, contact Home Care Assistance of Warren today and learn more about our hourly care options. With hourly home care in Warren, companionship care can be scheduled as the only service where a reliable and compassionate caregiver spends time with the senior enjoying a variety of fun and stimulating activities. Care of course, can also include help with cooking, light housekeeping, transportation and more if needed.
For more information, contact Home Care Assistance, a leading Warren home care agency at 908-450-9400 and schedule a complimentary, in-home consultation to learn more about our care services.