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Tips for Caregivers from the Senior Healthcare Team at Home Instead

Homebound seniors may often feel disconnected from their family and friends, let alone the world. Television can only keep your mother informed of world events. Without interaction, how will she find out her grandchildren built a snowman and put grandpa’s scarf on it? Besides feeling isolated, your mom runs an increased risk of loneliness, stress, and depression. Additionally, she may not get enough physical activity, which can lead to or exacerbate existing ailments.

Help your homebound parent stay in touch with family and friends by utilizing technology. Remember, most of all, nothing beats human interaction. The highly-trained and caring staff at Home Instead Senior Care in Waterloo is ready to assist you with keeping you or your loved one moving and enjoying life. We help you and your aging family member with tailored services such as personal care, household duties, and meals and nutrition. We’re here when you need us most. We can also help you during the holiday season.

Home Instead Senior Care Waterloo is once again offering our community a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior® program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift. Read more here

We wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season!

3 Ways to Help Your Senior Stay Engaged Using Technology

When Dad cannot get out to visit his breakfast buddies anymore, he can still stay in contact through other means. Here are a few:

  1. Social Media: One of the easiest ways to stay up with what is happening is through social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Facebook is designed to aid people in staying up-to-date on family and friends and even find friends from the “old days.” Your dad can also meet new people with similar interests by looking for groups.
  2. Video Chats: If you have a webcam or a smartphone, you can chat with anyone on video in real-time across the globe. This is a fantastic way for Mom and Dad to see little Johnny open his birthday gifts whether on the other side of town or across the country. Apps like Skype or FaceTime offer this capability for free.
  3. Email: Writing letters longhand is a classic tradition, but the wait for a reply may seem frustrating. Instead, show Mom how to send an email and get almost instantaneous responses from you, her son, her sisters and brothers.

3 Pieces of Technology to Help Your Homebound Senior Connect with Others

One way to get Mom connected is to make sure she has the appropriate tools. Here are three to consider:

  1. Smartphone: These phones offer the best of many worlds – phone calls, texting, and apps. With a smartphone, Mom can call old friends, text her grandchildren, and check her email, all done so easily from the palm of her hand.
  2. Tablet: If he needs something slightly more substantial, Dad may benefit from a tablet to see photos, get video calls, browse the Internet, and more. The larger screen may be easier to manipulate than a smartphone.
  3. Personal Assistant: Using a personal assistant like Alexa, Siri, or Google Home can help your loved one with research, finding music, get the weather, and even setting medicine reminders.

Keep Your Homebound Mom Connected - Home Instead Senior Healthcare Helps

Give Mom and Dad a gift that keeps them connected with their family and friends when you choose to use technology. For those times when a phone is not enough, professional senior care may be the solution. The team from Home Instead Waterloo is dedicated to helping you and your loved one with their needs so they can continue enjoying life. Our caregivers are professionally trained and sincere about delivering quality care. For their hard work and commitment, we are happy to recognize them each month through our CAREGiver of the Month award. We thank them and congratulate them!

Call us at (519) 571-1665 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Breslau, Conestogo, Elmira, St Jacobs, and surrounding areas.


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