As people age, remaining active becomes a necessary element for both the physical and emotional wellbeing of our loved ones. While the need for independence is in demand at this stage, the difficulty to remain engaged increases, making it challenging for them to stay active especially on their own.
There are many activities that could be initiated to exercise our relatives’ needs, ranging from a series of low-level movements to simply attending social events with them. As long as some sort of activity is involved, it will definitely help decrease the risk of conditions that are associated with an inactive lifestyle. Here are a couple of suggestions that could be done to encourage our elderly relatives’ activeness and engagement while they are in a residential care home:
An Abundance of Visits
Loneliness and isolation are known to be significant factors that could negatively influence an elder’s mental health and cognitive functioning. Therefore, frequently visiting your relatives and spending the day with them can help minimise the feeling of loneliness and isolation.
It is very important for those receiving elderly care to do at least some walking. Walking is a low-impact form of exercise and could be easily enjoyable to do together.
Looking up local clubs, interest groups, or community organisations for our elderly relatives not only encourages them to remain active but also involves plenty of social engagement. Having activities to enjoy while in a care home can help minimise feelings of loneliness and depression.
Our involvement plays a significant role in encouraging our loved ones to remain active in a care home. Continuous exercise on both the physical health and emotional wellbeing is especially important as they age and discovering ways to keep them active is a beneficial step in caring for them.
Visit The Hollies’ Activities sheet on https://thehollies.co.uk/ to see the various events we provide for our residents! For any enquires please contact The Hollies directly on 01453 541400 or firstname.lastname@example.org