While some geriatric individuals who are receiving skilled nursing services under the supervision of their primary care physicians are bed-bound for only a brief time due to an illness or injury, others may be stuck in bed for an unknown period. Add to that the fact that seniors typically have a hard time looking for ways to stay physically and mentally stimulated, and you can be sure that your loved ones can benefit from these ideas:
- Enjoying a sensory-stimulating view
This can be achieved in many ways. For instance, you can have your seniors’ beds placed near the windows so that they can watch the wildlife outside. Other ideas from our team providing personal care in Georgia, include hanging a bird feeder or a squirrel feeder by the window to entice the critters to come closer. Watching animals come to feed can be a good source of entertainment for your relatives.
- Learning new things, such as sign language or another language
Having them learn new things can help revive your family members’ need to accomplish objectives after being confined to bed for a long time. In addition, it can also encourage them to have a sense of purpose in life once more.
- Sharing some memories
While your relatives may not be able to stay physically active, it is likely that they would still have plenty of memories to share. Why not try asking them to document personal stories from their past? You can also ask them open-ended questions to jog their memory and create talking points.