Be it for yourself or for a loved one, arranging for aged care is not an easy task. However, it is an unavoidable task, and as such not much else can be done other that prepare for it, which incidentally is also the most sensible decision. On that note, it might be helpful to prepare oneself with a few tips that will help one settle better into aged care. Whether you set up this care system at home or at a professional nursing home, these tips will come in quite handy so patients can feel at home wherever they are.
Keep Your Hobbies Going
As children, we often engulf ourselves in our imagination and make-believe worlds that keep us going. It is once we outgrow this phase that life appears to be bland overall. Hobbies are another way we kept ourselves busy and occupied, and there is no reason why this cannot be continued into aged care. In fact, though the interim can always make us a bit too busy to make time for hobbies, this is probably a good a time as any to re-connect with your childhood and your passions at the same time.
Make It Homely
Again, even if the patient is at home, it can feel rather strange to see all the changes going around and this may alienate them to an extent. Help them ease into the new space by decking it up as homely as possible. Bring in everything they like, put up décor in their favourite colors and so on. Hook up a television or whatever else they may use to make it less imposing on them. Even at a nursing home, do the same thing. The main thing is to bring familiarity in and keep them surrounded with it. You can also look at mobility aids for sale if you want to make it easier for them, since they could feel more independent getting about as well.
Head Out And About
Aged care is not about locking up oneself indoors and leaving it at that. However, some people are often worried or anxious to let their loved one roam out and about especially if they are not around. However, if they are capable, then they should be allowed to for as long as is possible. If not, you can always accompany them yourself or arrange for the carer to do so. Getting fresh air daily and even some light exercise can work wonders for both mental and physical health.
Try New Things
Be it yoga, dancing or learning how to draw or paint, mastering something new can be an invigorating experience. There is a sense of exhilaration that comes with introducing the mind to something new, and this can be an elixir when in aged care. Some nursing homes have programmes on offer that residents can sign up for, with some offered at an extra cost. These are usually activities that are suited for the elderly, and they are also monitored and picked accordingly, so you need not worry about their reliability. You can of course look further into it as well, so you know exactly what to expect.