Elderly Care in Stafford, TX: Simple Entertainment for Downtime with Your Senior

It is a simple reality of providing elderly care that there will be times during which your aging loved one has nothing to do. Whether it is while sitting in the waiting room at a medical appointment or the auto mechanic, or just at home on a rainy day, having nothing to do can quickly lead to boredom, frustration and short tempers. Simple forms of entertainment for your aging loved ones are some of the most important elderly care tools you can keep with you at all times. Not only will these simple forms of entertainment help keep your aging loved one occupied, they are a good source of mental stimulation.

When filling your elderly care toolkit with simple forms of entertainment for your aging loved one, remember that the amount of downtime your loved one will have will vary from instance to instance. This means that you should choose options with varying complexity so you can select the one that is most appropriate for each day. The Elderly Care in Stafford, TXlonger you provide elderly care for your aging loved one, the more you will become familiar with her habits and what keeps her most entertained.

Some ideas for entertainment include:

  • A deck of regular playing cards
  • A deck of memory cards
  • Several books or magazines that may interest your loved one
  • A notepad and pen
  • A book of logic puzzles, sudoku or crosswords
  • Colored pencils and a coloring book geared toward adults
  • Knitting or crocheting supplies
  • A simple electronic video game
  • A tablet equipped with a variety of games, particularly those designed to stimulate the mind

Some seniors may even find easy organization activities such as sorting a large bag of buttons or organizing a collection of fabric scraps enjoyable and calming. Choose options for entertainment that speaks to your loved one’s interests, capabilities and personality to help make the downtime easier for both of you. Be always on the lookout for new options to add to your repertoire so your loved one does not get bored with the entertainment options you are providing. Also be sure to resist the impulse to automatically offer a snack to a senior who expresses boredom. This could result in her eating unhealthy snacks rather than nutritious meals, and does not offer the mental stimulation that true forms of entertainment do. If your loved one does express hunger, be sure to provide a healthy, satisfying snack and water to continuously attend to her physical health.

The caregivers at Comfort Keepers are available to talk with you and your family about all of your senior care needs. Comforting Solutions for In-Home Care is an elderly care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in Stafford, TX and the surrounding areas. Call (832) 361-4323 for more information.

About D. Flenaugh

Demetrius Flenaugh is a 20 year U.S. Army Veteran and is experienced and highly qualified in addressing the home health care needs and concerns of seniors. His passion for helping others led him to volunteer with various organizations throughout his military career.
After spending the better part of the last 20 years moving from one assignment to another, he decided that moving to Sugar Land, TX provided an excellent opportunity to grow his family and serve his community. His dedication to providing quality, in-home care enables him to have a direct impact on enhancing the quality of life of seniors and other adults who need assistance with the activities of daily living.
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