By Beth Plutner
If someone has an elderly loved one who needs care, Wejob.org is there to help. We provide friendly, experienced professionals ready to take care of the elderly. Being able to help you and your elderly loved ones is our goal. However, we need your help to make this possible. We need to hire more virtual care companions, and that’s where you come in. Learning how to care for seniors will be a rewarding experience, and we’ll provide all the training you need. Read on to learn the steps on how to become a virtual care companion for Wejob.org.
How to entertain a senior
Seniors can get bored just as easily as a younger person. You need to know what to do to entertain them. You can read a senior their favorite book or magazine. The two of you could paint a picture together. You can help the senior learn a new skill, like a new language. At wejob.org, we’ll teach you these and many other senior entertainment ideas.
Tip: If the senior likes to be read to, you can start a book club with other seniors who are reading the same book.
Tip: If the senior is pursuing an artistic hobby, you can make it into a full time project. Check with them every time you see them, to check their progress.
Engaging and talking with a senior
It’s important for seniors to have someone they can talk to. Having regular conversations helps to improve a senior’s mental health and keep their brain healthy. When the senior’s loved ones are unable to talk to them, that’s where you step in. If you don’t know where to start when talking to a senior, try these topics and conversation starters. Ask about a senior’s childhood. You’ll be able to understand them better by getting a glimpse into their past. Such conversation starters include: where were you born, and can you describe the town or neighborhood you grew up in? Another topic you could talk about is the senior’s family. Such conversation starters could be what do you remember most about your parents or grandparents, and how did you meet your spouse? Talking with a senior will give you a different outlook on life, and you’ll learn something new.
Tip: Click here for more conversation starters and topics for conversing with seniors: https://companionsforseniors.com/2020/05/conversation-starters-with-elderly/
Giving a senior medication reminders
Taking medication on time is one of the most important parts of a senior’s health. It allows the medication to be as effective as possible. Due to their declining memories, seniors will need help remembering to take their medications. A senior will be more likely to take their medication on time if you make it a part of their routine. Help the senior set off an alarm to go off when they need to take their medications. If a senior has multiple pills, use labels or a pill sorter to help differentiate them. Helping a senior to remember their medications can mean a world of difference.
Tip: If a senior is crafty, you can help them knit or crochet custom labels for their different medicine bottles.
Watching a senior as they sleep
If a senior has a condition like dementia, it can make it difficult for a senior to get to sleep. Dementia can cause sleep disturbances and make seniors tired during the day. A senior can also experience anxiety, which can also hinder sleep. Here are some important things to remember if the senior in your care has trouble sleeping for any reason. Meditation can help relax a senior so they can sleep more peacefully. Help the senior wind down for the night by playing soothing music or giving them a warm bath. If a senior wakes up during the night, don’t panic. Try to guide them back to their bed, but not in a forceful way. If they insist on staying up, engage in a conversion with them until they feel tired enough to go to sleep.
Tip: Avoid screens like computers or tv before bed. These activities can increase a senior’s excitement and make it harder for them to go to sleep.
Tip: Limit a senior intake of substances such as caffeine and alcohol late in the day. These stimulants can cause alertness that will make it hard for them to sleep.
Keeping a senior physically active
Making exercise a part of a daily routine is just as important for seniors as it is for younger people. Being active helps seniors to get sick less often, increases blood flow, and builds muscle. The four main types of exercise are aerobic, strength, flexibility, and balance. Aerobic exercises help to increase a senior’s heart rate and breathing. Examples of aerobic exercises include walking, biking, and swimming. Strength exercises help to increase a senior’s muscle mass and lose weight. Examples of strength exercises include weight lifting, push-ups, and using resistance bands. Flexibility exercises stretch out muscles, allowing seniors to stay limber. Examples of flexibility exercises include Pilates and stretches. Finally, balance exercises help to improve a senior’s coordination and leg strength, making them less likely to fall over. Tai chi, yoga, and hiking are all examples of balance exercises. Whatever exercise a senior does, it’s up to you to help them stick to it and do their best.
Tip: Have the senior warm up in the beginning of an exercise and cool down afterwards, to prevent injury. Have water nearby as well.
Tip: Create an exercise schedule for the senior for at least two or three times a week. This will make it easier for the exercise to become a part of their daily routine.
Why you should become a virtual care companion for seniors
You may be wondering why you would even become a virtual care companion anyway. Well, being there for a senior and providing companionship is important for their well-being. A senior is less likely to develop depression if they’re with someone. A companion can also help to raise the alarm if a senior gets injured for any reason. Being a virtual care companion also has benefits for you. Seniors have a wealth of information, and you can learn a lot from them. Taking care of a senior will also give you a sense of purpose.
Fun fact: Social interactions with a virtual care companion will help to keep a senior’s brain sharp and improve their mental health.
Do you have an elderly loved one that needs care? Unable to be for them all the time due to work or other commitments? Then you need a virtual care companion! Here at WeJob.org and WeJob.org/seniors, we care about helping take care of the elderly in all ways possible. Our companions are trained to take care of the elderly as if they were their own family. Your loved one will be given entertainment, companionship, and a guardian. For more information, go to https://wejob.org/virtual-care-for-seniors.
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