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February 8, 2017

Ideas for Activities to Enjoy with Your Veteran Loved One During Visits

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Spending extra time with your veteran loved one is one of the best parts of your role as a family caregiver. When you take the time to plan visits with your elder you are showing them that it is not just your care efforts that bring you to spend time with them, and that you value your parent-child relationship with them as well.

This is also an opportunity for your veteran loved one to spend time with your children, making precious memories and boosting their mental and emotional health and well-being. When planning your visits with your elder loved one it is important to take the time to select activities that everyone involved will enjoy.

Try some of these activities to enjoy with your veteran loved one during visits:

• Prepare a meal. Getting into the kitchen to prepare meals and snacks is a fantastic way to not only spend meaningful time together, but also to help you pursue your caregiver goals. Cooking supports better cognitive processing, critical thinking, and memory skills for a shaper, more responsive mind as your parent ages. Work together to choose a recipe and then prepare the meal or snack together.

• Play board games. Playing board games is a classic activity for families to enjoy together. These games are not just entertaining for your group. They can also support your parent’s mental and emotional health, and support better cognitive health and well-being as they age in place. Consider teaming up a younger player with a veteran to make family memories and help everyone enjoy the game more together.

• Plan a day trip. Going on a getaway with your family can be too challenging when your veteran loved one is dealing with limitations and issues that require extensive care. A day trip, however, can give your family the fun of an adventure without the stress of being away for home for a long period or traveling a far distance.

If you have noticed that your elder veteran parent has been struggling with challenges and limitations that have made it more difficult for them to be able to live independently or maintain the quality of life that they desire and deserve, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. An elder home care services provider can be with your veteran loved one on a schedule that is customized to their particular needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as their personality, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

This means that they are able to enjoy the quality of life that is right for them while also staying safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy, and maintaining as much independence and activity as possible as they age in place. When it comes to enjoying visits with your veyeran parent, the personalized services of a elder home care services provider can help your parent to manage their needs so that everyone can enjoy their time together while feeling confident your loved one is getting everything that they need.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Elgin IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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