Favorite hobbies can become difficult, painful, or dangerous for seniors. When this happens, many seniors give up these hobbies. But, at Preferred HealthStaff, we don’t think seniors shouldn’t have to stop enjoying their favorite activities. With our companionship services, they don’t have to.
Companionship services are typically used to ensure isolated seniors receive regular human contact. But this type of care can be useful in other ways. Beyond conversation and company, companionship caregivers can provide a helping hand or a partner for favorite hobbies when age related difficulties have made those hobbies difficult.
Here are three popular senior hobbies made easier by companionship services.
Gardening is one of the best hobbies for seniors. It’s good exercise, it gets seniors out of the house, and it brings seniors in contact with nature, which is linked to better emotional health.
But gardening comes with challenges for the elderly. Joint pain can make it hard to kneel, hold tools, and perform the handiwork gardening demands. Reduced strength and balance could put seniors at risk of injury. Seniors also need to be mindful of heat and the sun, since seniors are at greater risk for dehydration and heat stroke.
When gardening becomes too difficult or dangerous for seniors, companionship services can help keep a green thumb from wilting. Caregivers can lend a helping hand with difficult parts of gardening, reducing pain and risk of injury. They can also encourage seniors to drink water, wear sunscreen, and avoid long periods in the sun, ensuring the garden remains a safe place.
Bird watching has some of the same benefits of gardening. It’s a great hobby for walks outdoors, and it brings seniors in contact with nature. Unfortunately, it also has some of the same challenges as gardening. Walks can be difficult or dangerous for some seniors. And spending long periods outdoors can expose seniors to the elements.
Companionship services ensure someone’s there to lend a helping hand on long walks for bird watching. During walks, caregivers monitor for signs of poor balance, failing strength, or exhaustion. As with gardening, companion caregivers can also help make sure seniors are well prepared for the weather, including during hot and cold seasons. And if a senior’s eyesight isn’t what it used to be, a companion caregiver might even be able to help with identifying feathered friends.
Card games are a great way for seniors to pass the time, and they’re good mental exercise for seniors. While these games are rarely difficult or dangerous for seniors, most require a partner. If a senior has trouble getting out of the house to meet friends, it can be hard for them to get in a regular game of Rummy or Bridge.
A companionship caregiver might need a little time to learn the rules of certain games. But once they’re up to speed, they can provide your loved one with a daily or weekly partner for your loved one’s favorite card games. Soon, your loved one will be waiting for their next companionship services visit to indulge their inner card shark.
For more information on companionship services from Preferred HealthStaff, call (866) 943-9791.