Going On an Outing With a Senior With Dementia? These 8 Tips Are For You

You’re Not The Only One

If you dread taking your loved one on outings, you’re not alone.

One of the hardest parts of caring for your loved one who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s is going on outings with them. Seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s can display embarrassing or unusual behaviors in public, making it difficult for you to take them out without creating a commotion.

Why Outings are Beneficial

Going out into the sunshine and being social helps
● Enhance their moods
● Lower their stress levels
● Improve their sleep patterns
● Use their energy in a positive way
● Create new memories
● Lessen their sense of isolation
● Develop a stronger sense of self (affecting self-esteem, confidence, and happiness)
● Orient them in reality

Outings are important — for both caregivers and seniors. So use these 8 tips to make your outings as smooth and enjoyable as can be!

1. Pack your go-bag.

Be prepared, they say. It’s true! Pack a tote bag with essentials, and things your loved one would appreciate. Here are some ideas of what to bring on an outing to make it more pleasant:

● Snacks and water
● Emergency contact information
● Up-to-date medical information
● Photocopies of important legal documents
● Relevant medications
● Incontinence briefs
● Wipes and tissues
● Magazines and books
● Weather-related accessories (umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, gloves, etc)
● Extra clothing
● A soothing item for them to hold

2. Choose Alzheimer-friendly places.

When your loved one displays behavior that is not socially accepted, many businesses are not sympathetic, and instead of offering you assistance, they ask you to leave.

While not always possible, choose to visit establishments whose employees have completed special training to help them understand and assist people with dementia and their caregivers.

Think about how your senior loved one will behave in the place you plan to visit. Busy places (like restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks) can be overwhelming with all the sights and sounds and people. Choose your destination carefully.

3. Have explanations prepared.

Bystanders will naturally become uncomfortable and maybe stare when an adult displays strange behaviors like removing clothing or shouting inappropriately. Plan how you’re going to deal with these situations.

Here’s an idea: print small cards to hand out to bystanders, explaining that your senior loved one has Alzheimer’s and to please forgive the outburst. This discreet way of informing people also helps preserve your loved one’s dignity.

4. Stay calm.

Think this is an obvious one? It’s easy to get agitated along with your loved one. You are already working really hard caring for them, and taking them on an outing adds to your stress.

Yet, it’s important to remain calm. If you find your stress levels are rising in response to the outing, take three deep breaths, remind yourself that you’re doing the best you could, and carry on calmly.

Your calm state will help your loved one, too.

5. Inform your loved one in advance.

Some elderly people with dementia do not like sudden changes to their schedules. Take time to prepare them. Tell your loved ones when and where you’re going, what they can expect there, and any other information that will help them feel calmer and in control.

It also helps to keep your routine as close as possible to normal, by including tasks from their normal daily routine.

6. Inform the people at your destination.

Forewarned is forearmed! Going to visit people you know? Prepare them in advance. Explain that your loved one is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s and that they may display surprising behavior. Give them pointers for what they should and shouldn’t do.

For example, many people tend to do “memory tests” when speaking with people with dementia. Tell them in advance that testing your loved one agitates them.

7. Dress them comfortably.

You know the physical comfort of your loved one makes a big difference to their behavior. So dress your loved one in appropriate and comfortable clothing and shoes to lower the chances of outbursts. (Wearing proper shoes can also help your elderly loved one avoid potential falls.)

8. Time it right.

As their caregiver, you know your loved one fares better at different times of day and different times of the week. Plan your outing for a time when your loved one’s spirits are high and they’re feeling good. Make sure the duration of the trip will not overwhelm them, either.

You’re all set!

You’ll be well prepared with these tips the next time you need to go on an outing with your aging loved one who’s suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Looking for more helpful resources? Community Home Health Care has a caring, experienced staff of trained in-home caregivers, including personal care aides, registered nurses, and home health aides.

Explore our website and fill out the online form to receive more information about the medical assistance, personal care, and friendship we provide. You can call (845) 425-6555 with any questions you have, and we’ll be happy to help.

Kudos to you, caregiver!

10 Lifestyle Factors That Improve Brain Health

Nowadays, Americans are living longer than they were just a few generations ago. Thanks to advances in medicine and technology, people are staying healthy, active, and vibrant members of their community for much longer. However, aging also comes with certain pitfalls and hurdles. One of these challenges is a process that is described as cognitive decline or cognitive impairment. 

According to the CDC, the most significant risk factor for the 16 million Americans with cognitive impairment is age. The CDC states that more than 5 million Americans over the age of 65 are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, and these numbers are expected to skyrocket in the coming decades. Fortunately, there are numerous steps that people can take to minimize their risk of developing cognitive impairment and remain healthy and vibrant for longer.  

Below is a description of 10 lifestyle steps that’ll help you and your loved ones improve your brain health.

#1 Get Good Sleep

A significant number of studies have shown that poor sleep is associated with cognitive challenges. It is important to get enough sleep. In fact, many adults require 8 hours or more of sleep to be fully recharged. But, it is not only the length of sleep that is important. The quality of sleep is also essential. If you believe that you are struggling with your sleep, it may be beneficial to discuss this with your primary care physician and arrange for a sleep study. 

#2 Walk It Out

Staying active and fit is an integral part of boosting your cognitive powers and stopping or slowing down cognitive impairment. Exercise can boost your self-esteem and sense of well-being, which in turn can boost brain performance. But walking does more than that. Walking helps send additional blood to the brain, and this fuels brain health. 

Before you start any new exercise program, make sure to discuss any health concerns that you may have with your physician. Also, remember to take it easy in the beginning and slowly work up to more vigorous exercise. 

#3 Eat Foods with Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Many of us have a diet that is not healthy. These days, there are many processed foods, and refined sugar is included in practically everything. We know that these diets are bad for our waistline, but they can also be harmful to our brains. It is essential to replace these unhealthy choices with better options, such as foods that contain monounsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids have been shown to accelerate brain functioning and are found in various delicious food choices, such as olive oil, almonds, and avocados. 

The next time you head to the grocery store, consider making some of these healthy substitutions. 

#4 Yoga 

Embracing yoga is another excellent choice to help you build better long-term brain health. Many of us are stressed from our day-to-day life, and this stress may play into cognitive decline. The next time you are feeling stressed, set aside 20 to 30 minutes for a yoga session. Or, if you are not up for yoga, you can work on embracing a meditation practice. Many people who meditate regularly report that it has a significant impact on their ability to concentrate on challenging tasks. 

#5 Journal 

Sometimes in the modern world, the idea of journaling can seem old-fashioned. But it is not. It can be incredibly useful (and cathartic) to write down all of your concerns and then potentially brainstorm solutions. This process of jotting down your concerns may dramatically reduce your stress level, and, in turn, this can boost brain functioning. 

#6 Vitamin C 

We all know that Vitamin C can help us fight off nagging winter colds. However, that’s not all that Vitamin C does for us. Foods rich in Vitamin C, such as oranges, grapefruits, and peppers, help the body fight oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can lead to a decline in cognitive functioning. Even though fruits and vegetables are the best sources of Vitamin C, you can also supplement your Vitamin C levels with vitamin supplements. 

#7 Hydration 

For decades, we have heard the reminder that drinking 8 cups of water per day is important to our overall health, including cognitive functioning. However, most of us do not drink eight glasses a day, and many of us are chronically dehydrated. By boosting our water consumption, we can help flush various toxins out of our bodies. This lifestyle change will boost both our physical health and brain health. 

#8 Replace Coffee with Tea

Raise your hand if you’re a coffee lover! It’s no surprise that many of us are addicted to our morning cup of coffee. Some of us could not imagine starting the day without a jolt of caffeine in our system. However, many doctors believe that this is not the healthiest start to the day. Instead, they think that switching out coffee for tea can lead to much better cognitive functioning. As an added benefit, the variety of teas available on the market has expanded dramatically in recent years. This means that you will have numerous delicious options available to suit your taste buds. 

#9 Turn off the TV 

We are all eager to unwind at the end of a stressful day. Often, the first choice for a relaxing evening is to turn on the television. But, usually, television programs do not challenge your brain or make you think. Instead of choosing this mindless activity, it can be beneficial to pick up a book instead. If you are not a big reader, another option is to do a crossword puzzle. Your brain is strengthened when it thinks and does things. 

#10 Talk to Other People 

A challenging part of the aging process is loneliness. As people age, their family may move away from them, and with time, their friends and spouse may die. This often leads to a sense of loneliness and isolation. Unfortunately, being isolated can exacerbate cognitive decline. Therefore, it is crucial to seek out activities and engagement with other people. Look for clubs in your community that are focused on activities that you enjoy. Volunteering is another wonderful way to boost social interactions while also helping your community. 


Aging is challenging, and one of the most significant challenges of aging is the cognitive decline that many older Americans face. Fortunately, cognitive decline is not inevitable. The lifestyle choices that you make may increase or decrease your likelihood of experiencing these upsetting symptoms. So, think carefully about your diet and exercise choices and make time to have mindfulness activities as a part of your day. These simple steps can improve and boost your brain health. In addition, if you need a helping hand to assist you in implementing these lifestyle suggestions, call Community Home Health Care to get matched with a compassionate caregiver today. 

Home Health Care: It’s not the end of Something – it’s the Beginning of Something Else!

As seniors grow older, life changes, and there’s no getting around it.

Spouses get sick and die, children grow and move away, diseases come and go (or come and stay) and often, it gets difficult for the senior to do the things he or she once did.

In these situations, many seniors and their families begin to consider home health care.

Unfortunately, many people view home health care as a synonym for hospice – care that only very sick or dying people receive.

Because of this, many seniors, friends, and family members have a difficult time swallowing the concept of in-home care, and accepting that it may, in fact, be the wisest idea for a senior at a given point of life. In the end, though, this viewpoint only harms the senior and all of the people who love him or her.

In reality, home health care is a great opportunity for both seniors and their relatives to live freer, happier, more dignified lives. By switching the perception of home health care from something disastrous to something wonderful, seniors and their family members can begin to see how beneficial and helpful these programs can truly be.

What is Home Health Care?

Home health care is a broad term, but it is used to refer to any health care that is carried out in the home. This care could be minimal (light housework and occasional medication assistance) or intensive (nighttime care and full-time, live-in help).

Contrary to what many people believe, home health care is not only available to seniors who are very ill or dying. In fact, many seniors who are still active, healthy, and spry utilize home health care as a way to stay independent and mitigate certain diseases or conditions.

For example, a woman who suffers from severe arthritis but is not cognitively impaired in any way may utilize home health care simply because her family lives far away and she finds it difficult to do her laundry and prepare meals.

Likewise, a man in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease may receive home health care that provides medication assistance, house cleaning services, assistance with the activities of daily living, and nighttime care. The services of home health care vary widely, and the form it takes in any given situation will depend largely on a person’s unique needs, requirements, and desires.

What Does Home Health Care do?

Again, the benefits of home health care depend largely on a person’s situation. For some seniors, home health care may amount to nothing more than some light housework and an occasional check-in. For others, home health care is critical maintenance care that allows them to maintain a level of independence and dignity. As a general rule, though, home health care offers the following benefits:

  • It helps to decrease loneliness. Seniors who live alone are at elevated risk of isolation and secondary symptoms, like depression, hopelessness, increased risk of mortality, and feelings of sadness or abandonment. Because not all seniors’ families can be nearby, home health care helps to fill in an important gap in many seniors’ lives, and can provide the companionship and attention needed to prevent a senior from feeling isolated.
  • Home health care helps seniors stay independent. If friends and family aren’t available to help a senior around the home, many seniors find themselves moving into assisted living facilities simply because they can’t do small things like cook or clean for themselves anymore. A difficulty with life’s little responsibilities doesn’t always necessitate assisted living, though, and seniors who are otherwise fit to live on their own can extend their independence for months or even years with the help of home health care.
  • It can decrease the cost of care. In many cases, assisted living is much more expensive than home health care. Because of this, it’s a popular option among seniors who need a bit of extra assistance but don’t want the expense or changes associated with leaving their homes for assisted living facilities. This is one of the largest perks of home health care, and is one of the most common reasons seniors and their families choose to use it.
  • Home health care can help spot or prevent certain diseases. In many cases, seniors who live alone may not curative critical symptoms of developing diseases. While this may sound impossible, it’s not at all uncommon for a senior to write a reoccurring symptom off as a normal sign of aging. Unfortunately, this can have disastrous outcomes. With the help of home health care, though, seniors can catch early symptoms of new diseases or conditions. This, in turn, allows time for corrective treatment and can help the senior maintain his or her health in the long term.

Home Health Care is the Beginning of a Better Life

While it may be tempting to regard home health care as the sign that a senior is declining beyond reach, it’s a wonderful way to facilitate quality care for the elderly without requiring them to sacrifice their independence or dignity. By allowing a senior to remain in his or her home for as long as possible, home health care supports freedom and can help seniors maintain their health and enjoy happy, independent lifestyles for much longer than seniors without any in-home help.

While the applications of home health care vary depending on needs and individual requirements, it’s clear that there are many ways for home health care to assist seniors. From medication management to intensive, round-the-clock nursing, home health care adapts to a unique senior’s needs and requirements rather than the other way around. This, in turn, allows the senior access to skilled, quality, tailored health care at a fraction of the cost of assisted living or similar services.

Because of all of this, it’s essential for friends, family members, and seniors themselves to stop regarding home health care as a sign of the end. In fact – it’s a sign of great things to come! With the help of in-home care aides, most seniors report feeling younger, healthier, more alert and independent, and better equipped to participate in all of the activities of daily life.

Because of this, home health care can go a long way toward making seniors feel more optimistic, happier, and better equipped to walk into their golden years happy, healthy, and excited about all of the great things that lie down the road!

Whether a senior is suffering from a chronic condition or simply needs some additional help around the house, home health care is an excellent way to promote independence while also ensuring that the senior gets all of the quality medical care and attention he or she needs to thrive.


Recognition of Our Aide of the Month

In a show of appreciation, we received the following email about one of our lovely aides:

I’m writing this email to say thank you for sharing an amazing aide with us. Omotolla Williams came to us in July and since her arrival things have really changed for our family. My mother Louise Aarons is a blind woman who has Parkinson’s disease and dementia. My mother also has a brain tumor which sits on the top of her brain. We are so thankful that we have been placed with such a caring, positive and gentle person to look after our loved one! We would like to see Omotolla stay with our family permanently as we all have grown to love her and she has become a part of our family! It is definitely fitting for Omotolla to be awarded aide of the month! I’d nominate her for aide of the year if I could! Thank you again.

Carla Garrido for Louise Aarons

Celebrating National Anti-Boredom Month: 9 Steps to Help Remove Boredom in In-Home Care

When we prepare for our retirement and old age, we worry about things like money, future living situation, kids, grand kids, friends etc. What many of us forget to take into account is how boring life age can become. In our older age, kids are busy in their own lives and our friends live in different parts of the city or country. Slowly, boredom and loneliness creep in. With in-home care, there are daily interactions between the caregiver and the patient and this somewhat alleviates the boredom. But slowly, caregiving also falls into a routine and we are back to square one. However, we can prevent this mind-numbing boredom with help of companionship and spontaneity in our lives.

With July being the National Anti-Boredom month, let’s take a look at some solutions which will remove boredom for both the caregiver and the patient:

1. Get a pet:

Pets are a wonderful source of companionship, whether it is for the caregiver or the patient. They bring fun and joy in our lives. Playing with them is so entertaining and if it works for you, you can also take them out for walks. Dogs are amazingly loyal and social and will always be there with you. If you prefer a little more solitude, cats will be a good choice for you. They are very low maintenance pets who prefer to wander and give space to their humans.

2. Try gardening:

Gardening doesn’t always means being out in the garden, on your knees with your hands in the dirt. You can always get some potted plants indoors or on window sills and look after them as they grow. Watching something grow (like plants, pets or kids) and taking care of it is a very emotionally rewarding experience. Both patient and caregiver can take part in this and watch the plants grow.

3. Video Games:

Video games are exciting and provide a stimulating experience to our brains. In the past decades, these games have made impressive progress. Most of these games can now be played while sitting or lying down. You can play them alone or with partners. Try games from Wii, Nintendo, PSP, X Box etc. These games are not only fun, they give you a sense of achievement, exercise your motor skills, and stimulate your brain.

4. Internet is a wonderful thing:

Internet, one of the most useful inventions ever, is a wonderful thing. It can open the doors of a whole new universe for you. You can watch interesting or funny videos on YouTube, TV shows and movies on Netflix, use sites like Reddit, StumbleUpon to discover new things etc. If you feel uncomfortable in using a desktop or a laptop, I would suggest trying an iPad or any similar tablet. They are lightweight and easy to hold and you can surf the internet with ease. Both the patient and the caregiver can keep themselves entertained on the internet.

5. Learn a new language:

To avoid boredom, it is important to stimulate our minds. Learning new things is an excellent way to do this. When you are older or caring for an elderly person, learning a new language is a great option as it doesn’t requires physical exertion. You can use websites like Duolingo and iTalki to learn new languages for free.

6. Start a book club:

This is a great way to regularly meet up with your friends and loved ones. You can organize a biweekly or monthly book club meeting, where the members of the club meet at a fixed spot and discuss books, stories etc. You can meet at each other’s house, in parks, in cafes etc. Through book club meetings, you catch up with your friends, see them on a regular basis and get to read some new books which keeps your mind engaged.

7. Bird Sanctuary in your backyard:

The caregiver and the patient can work together to set up a small sanctuary for birds in the backyard. You will need things like feeder, birdbath, and a shelter where they can escape to in case of storms, cats etc. Once the birds start coming in, you can sit back and watch them through the windows. Bird watching is a very relaxing hobby. You can also take pictures of birds to identify their breed. It’s a fun way to spend time.

8. Puzzles and crosswords:

Activities which stimulate our brains are a great way to keep boredom at bay. Solving puzzles and crosswords are good examples of such activities. The caregiver or the patient can buy some puzzles and then they can try to solve it together. Same goes for the crosswords published in newspapers and magazines.

9. Journaling:

Getting older has one huge benefit. You now have lots of stories to tell! These stories are experiences and knowledge you have acquired over the years and it would be a shame to let it all go to waste. You can try journaling to write down your thoughts, your feelings, your experiences and your stories.

Working With Others:
Enhancing The Quality Of Life For Both Parties

The statement “working with others can make you healthier” is quite bold, isn’t it? Perhaps almost unbelievable. But if it WERE possible, it would be worthwhile knowing about, wouldn’t it?

Let’s check it out by looking at three important characteristics which are common to physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy people.

Healthy people…

1. feel that their activities and relationships have meaning and

2. manage stress effectively.

3. are able to be flexible and cope well with changes,
including learning new skills.

How could working with others do this?

Building meaning and purpose into our lives
What exactly is ‘meaning and purpose’?

There are as many answers as there are people. Yet, some ideas keep repeating themselves; ideas such as

• “helping others and giving something back” (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

• “being useful, being honorable, having it make a difference that you have lived” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

• “making things better” (Robert F. Kennedy)

The idea of achieving one’s goals is also a popular idea.

All these thoughts can perhaps be summed up in this way: People feel that their lives have purpose and meaning when they feel they are seen, that they matter, that they are not a nameless face in a crowd.

The human interaction of working with others, to achieve common goals, is a powerful way ‘to be seen’ and ‘to matter’.

However, this interaction needs to be physical, in ‘real time’.

Virtual communication is now easier, and less expensive, than ever before. Many people spend a lot of work and leisure time attached to electronic devices such as mobile phones or computers. Many companies and organizations have global teams working virtually.

Studies have found, though, that there still needs to be a physical element. Research at Cornell University found that physical, face-to-face communication builds trust and gives the feeling of value, i.e. you are important, our work together is meaningful, etc. An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that to increase their success, virtual teams should meet physically at the start and continue to meet ‘really’ once or twice a year.

Can we explain these findings? That is, what exactly is happening during these physical, face-to-face meetings?

What is happening is that people are getting to know each other personally. They are finding out what they have in common, and what they don’t.

One could say they are building friendships. Work friendships, perhaps, but friendships never-the-less.

Friends are very valuable. According to the Mayo Clinic, here are some of the benefits:


• increase your sense of belonging and purpose.
• improve your self-confidence and self-worth.
• help you cope with traumas.

In sum, virtual communication can never fully replace face-to-face communication. Electronically transmitted emotional support is no substitute for ‘live’ human interactions.

When we work with people, we have repeated opportunities to connect with others in ‘real time’. Although there may be occasional glitches, the majority of the experiences will usually be positive and uplifting. All these good interactions help to give meaning and purpose to our lives.

Keeping stress in its place
Stress used to be a life-saving reaction. This group of physiological changes (named by Harvard physiologist, Walter Cannon as ‘the acute stress response’) prepared our bodies to take action in life-threatening situations. This ‘stress response’ enabled us to ‘fight or flight” – stay and battle or run away.

Unfortunately, today’s lifestyle doesn’t usually put us in such dangerous positions. Our bodies, however, have not adapted. They continue to react in the same way to stressful situations.

So, what was once a potential lifesaver is now overkill.

Working with others can help. For example, another benefit of work friends is that they can “boost your happiness and reduce your stress”. (Mayo Clinic) As research has shown us repeatedly, happiness can prevent and fight sickness such as heart disease. Happiness can help you live longer, and it can improve the quality of your life.

Also, the presence of others, encouraging us to keep busy with our common goal, makes it difficult for us to get onto the ‘thinking carousel’.

Most of us are very familiar with this ride. It is an ‘easy to get on, hard to get off’, spinning but getting nowhere, mental cycle.

What do we do on the ‘thinking carousel’?

Think, of course – mostly negative thoughts about ourselves and our lives…all the hurts and pains, real or imagined, physical, emotional, or psychological that have happened to us, and that we haven’t been able to let go of yet.

So, working with others keeps us more focused on the present moment. We call this ‘being mindful’. The more we are mindful, the happier and less stressed we feel.

In addition, the more we are mindful, the more we train ourselves to be mindful. As a result, we will have this technique at hand during stressful situations.

Limbering up our flexibility
Part of working with others is embracing differences. Other people may think differently than we do. They may do things differently. They may know things that we don’t but need to (and vice versa).

A key to success at these moments is flexibility.

It isn’t always easy to be flexible. How many times have we been sure we were right? How often did we know better? What about the number of times our way was the more efficient way?

And yet… the more we allow ourselves to be flexible, the more we learn, the easier things become, and the happier we feel.

Work flexibility is like physical flexibility – it grows with practice. At first, it will be a great achievement to see that another person’s point of view is as valid as our own. Eventually, the larger challenge of learning a completely new skill will not worry us in the least.

Caring for others is a special category of ‘working with others’. In the ‘caring/being cared for’ work relationship, the quality of life is enhanced for both parties.

On the carer side, in addition to all the benefits discussed above, research has found that caring for others causes positive chemical changes in the carer/giver.

As this article in the Huffington Post explains, certain experiences such as falling in love and childbirth cause our bodies to release a hormone called ‘oxytocin’. Oxytocin makes people feel less anxious and shy. This hormone makes us feel more socially connected and more loving.

Oxytocin has another important function. It battles cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’. So, higher levels of oxytocin = lower levels of stress.

When we care for/give to others, our bodies release oxytocin. Studies repeatedly show that carers and givers have a variety of health benefits such as lower rates of depression, less chance of dying, and lower percentages of Alzheimer’s (due to their increased likelihood of participating in brain-building activities).

In other words, as author Arianna Huffington writes, caring or giving “is a miracle drug (with no side effects) for health and well-being”.

On the ‘being cared for side’, working with a carer improves the quality of the patient’s life.

What are the factors that make a patient’s life good?

An article by Rosalie A. Kane which appeared in The Gerontologist lists them as follows:
• a sense of safety, security, and order
• physical comfort
• enjoyment
• meaningful activity
• relations
• functional competence
• dignity
• privacy
• individuality
• autonomy/choice
• spiritual well-being

What condition could possible fulfill most, if not all, of the above?

Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz explains it clearly when she says, “There’s no place like home”.

Ah, home! It’s the place where most of us feel our best. In fact, living at home is so important, the National Council on Aging has an online health publication that gives useful information about how to organize this option as best as possible.

Employing a carer in order to be able to continue living at home gives patients the optimum life. Carers are around to make sure that physical and medical needs are attended to. Carers also help with day-to-day functions such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, and laundry. Carers also fulfill the very important role of companion.

When we think about it, the ‘carer/being cared for’ relationship gives both sides the opportunity to:

1. feel that their activities and relationships have meaning and

2. manage stress effectively.

3. be flexible and cope well with changes, including learning new skills.

Wait! Didn’t we say that before?

We sure did. These are three important characteristics which are common to physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy people.

They are the characteristics which are created/improved by working with others which is why the ‘carer/being cared for’ relationship enhances the quality of life of both parties.


Additional sources

Characteristics of healthy people

Benefits of friends

Kane, Rosalie A. Long-Term Care and a Good Quality of Life:
Bringing Them Closer Together. The Gerontologist. Vol. 41, No. 3, 293–304.

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