As a caregiver, you know it’s important to your aging relative’s mental health to get out of the house once in a while. Seniors need opportunities to interact with others and feel a part of the world. However, lots of older adults live on fixed incomes that don’t make expensive outings possible. And, caregivers often put enough of their own finances into caring for their elderly family member. There may be little left over for outings. Outings don’t have to be expensive to be fun, though!
Below are 4 fun outings for caregivers or home care services aides and seniors that won’t break the bank.
#1: Bum Around Town
Even if the senior lives in a small town, there are likely to be things to do there. People frequently neglect to check out the goings on in their own backyards because they tend to think of outings as taking them away from where they live. Use the events section of the local paper to find affordable events in town.
#2: Go to the Library
Visiting the library won’t cost the senior or caregiver a penny. If your aging relative likes books, you could spend hours perusing the shelves. Many libraries also have free events for patrons to attend, such as talks on local history, classes that teach new skills, and book talks. In addition, when you visit a library, you can bring some of the fun home with you in the form of books, movies, and music that you check out.
#3: Visit Antiques Stores
Looking at the items in antiques stores can be particularly fun when you do it with an older adult. They may have special memories about certain pieces or insight into how unfamiliar items were used. Looking at antiques can spur great conversations between caregivers and seniors as they reminisce about their lives.
#4: Play Bingo
Okay, it may be a little cliché to take an elderly person to play bingo, but the game can be great fun for caregivers, too. Many communities have bingo games at local churches and community centers. They usually only cost a few dollars to join, if anything at all. If you can’t find a bingo event nearby, think about having one at the senior’s home with family and friends. It may not be an outing, but it will still be great fun! You can have simple prizes for winners, like home baked goodies or a craft item you or the senior has made.
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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