Being a family caregiver gives you the unique opportunity to spend more quality time with your aging parent, and to encourage the rest of your family to do the same. If you are a member of the sandwich generation, that is, caring for your parent as well as children, you can help to boost family relationships and improve your care efforts by setting aside time for all of you to spend time together. While there are countless activities that you can enjoy together, playing board games together is a fun, accessible, and inexpensive way that you can be together and have fun without having to leave the home.
Use these tips to encourage spending quality time together as a family playing board games:
• Choose one that is accessible to everyone playing. You want there to be enough challenge that it is fun, but not so much that it will be overwhelming and frustrating.
• Go over the rules in their entirety before playing the game. Even if you have played many times before, reviewing the rules can be instrumental to a young child or an elder with cognitive functioning decline being involved confidently.
• Consider teaming up so that there is a younger person and an older person on each team. Spread out the capabilities so that each team is as evenly matched as possible.
• Don’t be afraid to change the rules to accommodate the needs of your family. Just make sure that these changes are clearly stated at the beginning of game play.
• Don’t just think about playing the game. Use this opportunity to talk, share, and connect as a family.
Starting elder care for your aging parent can be a fantastic way to encourage a higher quality of life and to ensure that they get all of the care, support, and assistance that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.
This elder home care services provider can step in to fill care gaps that might exist in the efforts that you give them as well as to provide additional support and services that help your parent to remain safe, healthy, happy, and comfortable, while also encouraging as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible as they age in place.
This can be particularly beneficial if you live at a distance from your parent, or your schedule or personal limitations are such that you cannot be with them as often as you want to, or cannot fulfill all of their needs in the ways that are right for your parent.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional Elder Care Services in Somerset County NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today. Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.
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