As a family caregiver, it is important that you take steps to improve your parent’s quality of life and help them to maintain a lifestyle that they desire and deserve throughout their later years. This goes beyond just the care efforts that you give them to help them address their physical challenges and limitations.
You must also consider their mental and emotional health and their cognitive functioning and well-being as well. Stimulating their mind is an important part of keeping them active, reducing cognitive functioning decline, and supporting their well-being. One valuable and accessible way you can do this is encouraging them to participate in their meal preparation. This is a great way to stimulate their critical thinking, logic, memory, and cognitive processes such as math.
Tools and technology to encourage your parent to participate in their meal preparation independently, with you, or with a home care provider include:
Choppers that are fully contained and allow your parent to prep fruits, vegetables, and other foods simply by pressing down on the handle rather than having their hands near blades.
Electric can openers that allow access to canned foods for those who struggle with weakness or reduced mobility in their hands.
Kitchen shears that provide the cutting ability of a knife with the simplicity, comfort, and control of a pair of scissors.
Slow cookers that allow your parent to pour ingredients in and set it to cook, allowing them to prepare a meal with minimal effort and reduced risk of problems such as cuts and burns.
Cooking gadgets that simplify cooking tasks, such as sandwich makers and egg cookers, that automate and speed up cooking tasks for easier preparation of simple ingredients.
In the course of your caregiver journey with your aging parent you will make a wide variety of important decisions. One of the most important that you will make is how to ensure that your parent’s needs are met effectively and efficiently. Fortunately home care can make this decision much simpler. A home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that their needs are met in the way that is right for them while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine.
This home care provider can fill care gaps, be with your parent when your schedule keeps you from being with them as often as you would like, handle tasks that you are not able to or are uncomfortable handling, and boost their social interaction and emotional health with companionship and support.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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