We consider a meal to be an event.
Staying active is important for seniors for a variety of reasons. Physical activity can help seniors to maintain their strength, flexibility, and balance, which can help to prevent falls and other accidents. Exercise can also help to improve cardiovascular health, manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis, and reduce the risk of developing other health problems. Additionally, staying active can help seniors to maintain their independence and autonomy, and can improve their overall quality of life.
In addition to the physical benefits, staying active can also have mental and emotional benefits for seniors. Exercise can help to improve cognitive function, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost mood. Participating in social activities and group exercise programs can also help seniors to maintain social connections and combat loneliness and isolation.
Overall, staying active is an important aspect of healthy aging, and there are many ways that seniors can incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. This can include activities such as walking, swimming, dancing, or participating in exercise classes or programs specifically designed for seniors.
“If you feed them, they will come”, not always….
Home care assistance isn’t just meal preparation and serving, it is about getting to know our client’s food philosophy. We know that taste buds change as we get older, as do our abilities to chew and swallow. Large amounts of food can be overwhelming and sensitivities to hot and cold or no sense of hot or cold can present challenges. A comprehensive meal planning strategy is part of the over-all care plan designed with our senior clients and our Nursing Coordinator. We look at things like, eating environment, limiting distractions, preferred foods and past eating habits. Do you prefer to shower before breakfast or enjoy a breakfast tray in bed? Could adding soft classical music and a tablecloth create a more comfortable eating environment for you? Bite sized, room temperature fruit and a hot cup of coffee may be the way you have always started your day, let’s stick to the program.
Shopping for food can be done together at your favorite grocer, or arranging on-line delivery, you decide.
At Homecare West our Food Philosophy is, creating meal time to be special, enticing and a pleasing experience every time.
C.S. Lewis once said – “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”
Homecare West believes in aging well. We achieve this goal for our clients by encouraging the participation of our clients, their families and friends to help us map out realistic goals, design an action plan, develop guidelines and provide support thus aiding in the success of aging well for our client.
Supporting Movement is Supporting Independence, that’s why our Home Care Assistants encourage motion and movement for all of our senior clients. Practicing moving from a sit to stand position and working on balance is crucial to successful management of everyday tasks at home. Our Nursing Coordinator assess individual abilities and adds movement and strengthening into our senior client’s care plan.
Homecare West has sponsored Chair Yoga, Nordic Walking and Senior Chair Exercise programs throughout communities in Greater Vancouver.
Homecare West presently sponsors a free Senior’s Chair Exercise class in North Vancouver, everyone is welcome.
This is how we are keeping our clients and home care assistants safe.