We all know that home caregivers and private duty nurses can help with day to day activities and needs, but did you know that in-home care can actually extend your life?
Absolutely! Because when you hire a caregiver, your quality of life and sense of well-being are increased. By now you are familiar with the list below, but did you know that the company of a caregiver will enhance, or even ensure seniors carry through with these life-extending activities?
5 big ways caregivers help you live longer:
- Get outside!
When we get that dose of vitamin D and fresh air, boy do we show it! Oftentimes, seniors shy away from going outside for fear of falling, or not wearing the right gear. A caregiver will accompany you for your outdoor activities – be it sitting outdoors or going for a walk. And we know, we are always more inclined to do something when we feel safe and have the company.
Our caregivers monitor more than your physical safety, we look out for your mental health too! The more connected you are, the better your overall health will be, and, the longer you may live. It’s true. Those who maintain positive relationships are less likely to take on risky behaviors or become withdrawn, which can pose potential dangers. We can help you keep up with social activities, or happily offer companionship when you need it as well.
There have been studies that show that those who get around 3 hours of exercise a week have the DNA of someone nine years their junior, therefore increasing their life expectancy. Yes please! Don’t stop your physical activity because you have trepidation about safety. If your doctor clears you for exercise, having a caregiver can be one of the best things to ensure you’re keeping up with your routine, no matter how small. Your caregiver can keep you accountable, sometimes exercise with you, bring you to a seniors exercise class, or monitor your workout to ensure your safety. Remember, those endorphins are for your overall wellness, and they are just waiting for you to turn them on so you can feel your best.
If you are what you eat, then you deserve the best. Luckily, caregivers can help with grocery shopping and meal preparation, so you don’t have to eat things that are fast or unhealthy. Our caregivers are trained to work with those who have allergies or dietary restrictions as well. And, while not nutritionists, our caregivers are well versed in what foods are best for our aging friends. They can help you avoid bad fats and increase your intake of anti-aging antioxidants, increasing your nutritional health.
- Medical needs.
Everyone’s medical needs are unique, and the better these needs are attended to, the longer the life expectancy. Making sure you get to your doctor appointments, physicals and screenings play a crucial role in longer life expectancy. If there are medical requirements that a caregiver is not licensed for, Sunland now offers licensed private duty nursing services to attend to a wide spectrum of medical needs.
It’s all about your overall well-being. All of the above aid in the reduction of stress, which statistically increases as we age. But, if we lower that stress, we also statistically live longer! Call us today and let us see how we can best serve your needs to enhance your quality of life! We can’t wait to talk with you.