With Senior Citizens Day This Sunday, the Ever Growing Older Generation Needs to Be Heard and Seen as an Important Part of Society. Whether You Are Caring for a Family Member or You Work in a Care Home – Check out Our Five Points on How to Keep Our Oldies Happy.
1. Keep Family Involved. Regular Contact, Even If It’s a Phone Call a Day, Interaction with the Most Important People in Our Lives Has a Bigger Impact Than We Think.
- Day trips are great – can even be a simple walk in the park. When the residents feel as if they are still enjoying new experiences and going to new places, they will feel more positive about life. Their independence may have been limited, but having a care/nursing home that really pushes for the new experiences will bring nothing but a positive outlook.
- Events such as BBQ’s, summer fetes and movie nights, where you invite the residents friends and relatives will bring that homely feel. Letting the residents introduce their families to their care home neighbours will undoubtedly help with the ice breaking and bonding between residents.
2. Preparing the Home:
Making sure a person is comfortable is one of the most important factors of later life. Whether they are in their own home, your home or in a care/nursing home, personal belongings stand as a huge comfort.
With nice decoration, furniture and the odd photograph here and there – bringing a sense of relaxation is key. Modern care/nursing homes are now really stepping up their interior design game.
Nursing Hygiene Group have been at it again with design for dementia and palliative care residents. Cedar View in Croydon, have had a makeover to improve the lives of their residents. Lounges, dining areas, en-suite bedrooms, kitchenette facilities, library, bar, bistro, hair and beauty salon, home cinema and a sweet shop are all included in the homes new look.
Dementia care is one of Collective’s main focuses. We work with a number of care providers who specialise in dementia. Have you seen our #DementiaAwareness blog post? Click here to have a read
Belong Care Villages have made this lovely video explaining the expertise they uphold within the Dementia field. Describing the ways in which they work in order to maintain comfort and happiness for all residents.
One of the care homes we provide, Peverel Court Care is known for its beautiful interior design. Presenting that fact that care homes are beautiful and are positive place to be. Society seems to surround negativity around care homes – however with the modern designs, it’s a beautiful place to live when you are older.
Check out These Photos of Peverel Care and See How Lovely It Is for Yourself!
3. Ensuring Health Care Measures
Obviously, a healthy body helps a healthy mind. Eating well, regular light exercise and lots of water is the way forward. Struggling to keep cool in the heat? Check out our blog post on how to keep cool, click here.
- Staying active: for care homes, arm chair aerobics is a great way to get the blood pumping. As well as getting the residents up and walking as much as possible and comfort. There are plenty of companies who offer activities and entertainment for your residents.
- Keeping on top of medicines, physio and hygiene are other important factors. Hiring carers/nurses who are competent with their knowledge, will shine through the residents happiness.
4. Addressing Emotional Needs:
We all feel down from time-to-time but feeling depressed isn’t an inevitable part of growing older. Depression can be triggered by a range of different events including bereavement, health worries or loss of independence. Whatever causes it, it is a treatable condition. Getting your resident to keep a diary of how they’re feeling is a nice way to not bottle it up. It may help them to set themselves little goals for the day, which will bring a smile to their face. Review their progress and celebrate their achievements.
Did you know- 76% of older people say arts and culture is important in making them feel happy? – Arts Council England.
5. Nutrients Should You Be Looking out For:
In the UK, it is common for older people to have a small appetite and low food intake, which can lead to low energy intakes and weight. We need a good diet as we age to support all the changes that occur in the body. Energy requirements and appetite may change too, but nutrient requirements do not! So if we’re eating less it is important to aim for more nutrient-rich foods and drinks.
If this is the case, a useful source of energy is fat, which provides the most energy, gram for gram, than any other nutrient. Useful and nutritious sources of fat include: oily fish, cheese, avocado, vegetable oils and peanut butter. Carbohydrate is also a useful source of energy and fibre helps to prevent constipation, which affects the quality of life of many older people. We can get these from wholegrain cereal products like breakfast cereals, brown rice and pasta, wholemeal bread, fruits and vegetables, potatoes and pulses like beans, peas and lentils.
- Protein is needed for building and repairing body tissues – an important nutrient as we age where damaged tissue and wounds heal more slowly. We can get protein from dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt, meat and poultry, eggs and pulses.
- There are some vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are more common in older people in the UK. These include the B vitamins, which are important for the brain and the nervous system, and potassium, where deficiency is associated with depression, confusion, muscular weakness and loss of appetite in older people. A varied diet of fruits and vegetables, wholegrain cereal products and dairy will provide these nutrients
- Vitamin C and Zinc are important in supporting the immune system. Vitamin C is found mainly in fruits and some vegetables. Low intakes are associated with susceptibility to pressure sores and infection. The best sources of zinc are animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs and shellfish, as well as nuts and seeds.
- Vitamin D supports the maintenance of healthy bones and muscle strength and deficiency can lead to bone fractures. The body is less able to produce vitamin D from the sun as we age so dietary sources are important.
- The best dietary source is oily fish, but there are also small amounts in eggs and fortified margarine.
- Calcium supports normal blood clotting, muscle function and healthy bones. Deficiency leads to osteoporosis, a common condition as we age. The best sources of calcium are dairy products including milk, cheese and yogurt. Other sources of calcium include fish with soft bones such as canned salmon and dark green leafy vegetables.
- Iron is an essential part of haemoglobin in red blood cells which carries oxygen around the body. Deficiency causes anaemia. Good sources include red meat, offal such as liver, dark green leafy vegetables, pulses and some dried foods.
Keeping our older generations happy is simple, yet a lot of effort is needed. Here at Collective Purchasing, we take our hats off to all the lovely carers out there who choose to care for our elders.