Senior care addresses a wide range of issues, whether that be unhealthy habits or a patient’s limited ability to do certain tasks, and individuals who are involved in senior care have an opportunity to help their loved ones create new habits that will help them stay healthy. For example, when a senior citizen’s meals aren’t nutritionally balanced, that might be because eating a certain way is simply habit. If you find yourself wishing that your relative had better habits, it’s not too late to help them to learn.
Tips to Help Elderly Individuals Create New Habits
- Use Teachable Moments. If your loved one tells you that they wish they heard from family members more often, or you find that they’re not eating a healthy diet, sit down and talk with them about it and use that as a starting place.
- Learn What’s Important to them. It’s more likely that an elderly patient will stick with something to make it a new habit if they have some legitimate desire to do something on a regular basis.
- Start Slow. It’s best to take on new activities slowly – start with a small block of time each day and increase the time as your loved one shows greater understanding or inclination to take on the task.
- Be Patient. Creating new habits is tough for everyone, but it can be tougher for older individuals. They may not understand exactly what they’re doing at first- especially when it comes to new technology or learning new skills, and it takes time. There will be setbacks, so use setbacks as teachable moments and address the reasons.
At EvergreenChoice, we know that senior care is a daunting task and we’re here to help you and your loved one create new routines and habits to enhance their quality of life.