Many seniors develop chronic health conditions as they age. And managing those chronic conditions can mean that seniors have to pay a lot of attention to their lifestyle as well as their medical care. Aging seniors who are living at home may need to make some adjustments to their surroundings and lifestyles in order to stay as healthy as they can. Some of the things that seniors aging in place can do to manage chronic illnesses at home are:
Rely on Senior Home Care
Seniors who have a chronic illness may find that keeping up with household chores is just too difficult for them. If they manage to get themselves dressed and take care of the activities of daily living they might not have any energy left to do things like go grocery shopping, sweep the floor, or do a load of laundry. Senior home care picks up the slacks and takes care of the chores and activities that seniors who are battling chronic illness can’t do. Medication management, picking up refills, arranging appointments, and many other tasks can all be done by a home care provider for seniors.
Focus On A Healthy Diet
Diet is an essential component of health, especially for seniors that have chronic health problems. Eating a diet that reduces inflammation, provides enough nutrition, and doesn’t taste terrible is harder than it seems. But with senior home care seniors have help with choosing new recipes to try, cooking, shopping, and cleaning up after meals. Seniors living at home will be better able to focus on a plant based diet with some lean proteins that will help them stay pain free and healthy when they have a care provider.
Get More Exercise
Exercise is the key to longevity and there is a lot of evidence that it can help reduce chronic inflammation and pain. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to be effective either. Just walking for 20-30 minutes a day can be enough to radically change a senior’s life. When seniors have senior home care they can take the time to focus on their health and find new ways to incorporate exercise into their daily routine. The more exercise seniors get the healthier they will be. When seniors don’t have to worry about chores and other responsibilities they can join a yoga class, try some strength training, or experiment with other types of exercise that they might enjoy.
Get More Sleep
Sleep is just as important for good health as diet and exercise and many seniors don’t get enough of it. Seniors that have home care can relax at night knowing they have all the help they need. They also will have help showering and getting ready for bed if they need it. And that extra sleep can help them fight their chronic illnesses and live with less pain and inflammation.
If you or an aging loved one is considering senior home care in Eden Prairie, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.