RSS Feeds
Support Frequently Asked Questions Site map Help
Home Page Helpful books FREE Workshops FREE Podcasts Future Events Contact Donna


can be Fun







(1) Find help.


If a nursing home is not an option, look into adult daycare facilities that will take your loved one during the day and allow you time to shop, clean, go to work, or just take a well-deserved nap. In-home nursing care is often affordable and a real blessing to an aging caregiver.


Hospice is an incredible free service that will not only help with the terminally ill patients, but can assist you in caring for any patient with difficult decisions to make for their care. They help counsel the family as well.


(2) Think of things to do with your parent.

Going to the zoo, a movie, a meal at a restaurant or a picnic on the beach can all brighten the day for your parent and it will also add a delightful memory to your scrapbook. Do be sure to take lots of pictures with your parent in the photo, even if it’s just having a sandwich in the garden at the nursing home facility.  It will help your aging parent remember.

(3) Add children and pets to the visit.


Seniors love children and most of them love pets. Children and animals have a way of reducing the seriousness of a situation and creating giggles where there were once tears.


Be sure you instruct the children to not shout and do give them an assignment, like coloring pictures with great grandma or blowing bubbles with grandpa in the courtyard. And don’t forget the teens. They love to feel that they have helped someone and they enjoy doing crafts, entertaining, or pushing wheelchairs. As to the pets, be sure they get along with others, they have had their shots, and the facility will allow them into your parent’s room.


(4) For more ideas,

read my book, Inside Mom’s Mind or consider scheduling a FREE Caregiving 101 Workshop through your church or organization where you will learn lots of great ideas to make your caregiving responsibility more enjoyable.    © 2011
Offering HOPE to Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and the Bereaved