Help a Senior Improve Their Quality of Life by Setting Goals

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Posted: 2/5/2018 10:02 AM by Interim HealthCare
Setting goals is a fantastic way for your parent to enhance their quality of life and pursue better health and well-being as they age in place. They give your parent the opportunity to discover new sources of excitement and fulfillment, keep them motivated and working toward the next step, and help them to break down larger goals into something more accessible. A great way to start your parent on setting goals is to talk to them about it.

Use these tips to talk to your parent about setting goals:

Have a Conversation – First thing you need to do is sit down with your parent and ask them what they want to do. See if they already have goals they are working towards, or if they have something in mind but they don’t know how to get started. One a simple conversation can open so many doors for you and your parent alike.

The Importance of Goals – This conversation about the importance of goal setting is probably going to be like the conversation your parent had with you when you were a kid. It is important to help your parent understand how setting goals and working towards those goals can improve their quality of life. It doesn't matter what type of goal that they are setting, establishing these goals and working toward them will stimulate their mind, boost their mental and emotional health, and help them to achieve a more fulfilling lifestyle.

Show Them Support - Reassure them that you are there for them and will help them to pursue their goals and whatever ways that you can. Find ways that you can work toward these goals together as a means of spending quality time together and showing your love and support to your parent. This is particularly important if your parent is pursuing a goal that may be challenging to them, such as losing weight or getting more active.

Get Organized - Work together to identify ways that your parent can pursue their goal and to set deadlines that will keep them motivated and working towards this goal.

If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life as they age in place, starting elder care for them may be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can create a highly personalized approach to your parent’s care that includes services specifically tailored toward their individual challenges, needs, and limitations. These services are designed to not only help your parent to manage their needs in the way that is right for them, but also to support a lifestyle focused on mental, emotional, and physical health, independence and autonomy, and fulfillment. These services can include everything from safe and reliable transportation, to companionship, to assistance with personal care needs and activities of daily life.

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