One of the most important things that you can do as a family caregiver helps your parent live a healthy lifestyle. Making good choices and taking responsibility for their health encourages your parent to live their best quality of life as they age in place. For many people, the thought of switching to a healthy lifestyle can seem daunting. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. You can help your parent make simple healthy lifestyle choices every day, and a home care provider can support your parent in making and maintaining these choices.
Some simple healthy lifestyle choices that your parent can make every day include:
-Start the day with a healthy breakfast packed with protein. This will give your parent the sustained energy that they need to get through their morning and help to curb cravings that might lead them to overeat later
-Eat healthy, controlled snacks throughout the day to keep their blood sugar even, maintain energy levels, get in as much balanced nutrition as possible, and prevent overeating
-Cut out as many processed foods as possible and rely on whole ingredients
-Shoot for as many steps as they can each day. This can mean parking further out in parking lots, circling the block a few times each evening, or even just walking through the house during the day
-Get in enough water. Don’t count beverages such as caffeinated coffee as part of their hydration for the day
-Avoid soda and other carbonated beverages
-Use germ control methods including washing their hands regularly, using waterless hand sanitizer, avoiding contact with people who have been ill, and keeping the home clean
-Choose cleaning products with natural ingredients more frequently than those with harsh chemicals as these chemicals can cause irritation to the skin, lungs, and eyes
If your aging parent has developed needs and challenges that you are unable to fulfill, a changing schedule has made it so that you are no longer able to give you a parent to the level of care that you previously could, your own limitations make it difficult to fulfill your care needs, or you simply believe that your parent would benefit from more diversified support and assistance, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them.
An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent when it is right for them according to their needs as well as the care that you already give them. This enables them to give your parents a highly personalized set of services designed to specifically address their individual needs in the ways that are right for them. this care can include transportation, meal preparation, assistance with personal care needs, mobility support, medication reminders to help them to remain compliant, help with running errands, and more.