As your mom and dad age, loneliness and boredom are likely to occur. You may find your parents calling you frequently asking if you plan to visit soon. They may find emergency reasons for you to come by their house. This is tough on your own personal life and work schedule, but all are signs that your parent is bored and lonely.
If your parent has been told not to drive anymore, it can get even worse. Your mom or dad will depend on you to get to appointments, stores, and entertainment venues. You’ll feel pulled in multiple directions, which leads to your own increase in stress. Here are some tips on keeping an aging parent from feeling bored.
Arrange Transportation to Local Senior Centers
Once a week, provide a ride or arrange one to a local senior center. Your parent will be able to make friends, enjoy activities, and even enjoy a meal with others. If your job makes it hard to provide transportation, look for a senior care agency that offers transportation.
Call When You Can’t Visit and Visit as Often as Possible
Your parent wants to hear from you, even if you can’t stop by. Take a few minutes to call and check in each day. When you do have time, stop in and cook a meal together, watch a movie, or even take a walk.
Teach Your Parent How to Email or Use a Chat Service
Email or chat services can help your parent spend time talking to friends and family. Teach your mom or dad how to turn on a computer, if they don’t already know, and how to load a chat program or access email. They can then send messages to anyone who happens to be online. Even a short chat will keep them actively engaged with others.
Hire In-Home Senior Care
Senior care services that come to the home are invaluable at helping prevent boredom and loneliness. The service can transport your parent to stores, community centers, and local businesses. Your parent benefits by having an in-home senior care provider for companionship and assistance with things that have become challenging. You’ll have free time to spend with your own friends and family members. When it is your parent’s turn for attention, you’ll be able to focus on quality time together rather than trying to cram one more thing into your already busy schedule.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN MINT HILL, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.