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Staying Sharp with Live-in Care for Seniors

Home Care for Seniors in Seattle, WA

Home-Care-for-SeniorsRelying on live-in care for seniors is not the end of the road for anyone. It is a support system that is designed to not only make life more comfortable and even convenient for an elderly individual, but also safer.

Hiring the right caregiver can make a world of difference. Somebody who has prior experience working with seniors, especially as a live in caregiver, may already have a number of strategies that can be incredibly beneficial to the senior for whom they are providing this live in care.

One of the strategies is to help the senior stay mentally sharp. How does one go about doing that?

There are many ways to improve mental stimulation and help keep the brain as active as possible. What many people fail to realize is the brain is a muscle. Just like any other muscle in the body, it requires regular and consistent exercise in order to stay in peak condition. There are numerous activities people do on a daily basis that don’t provide the brain any real exercise or stimulation. One of the most common is television programs.

Watching TV can be a great pass time, but it’s not doing anything to benefit the brain itself. It is a passive activity.

With a highly experienced live in caregiver, especially somebody who is hired through an agency, the senior may be encouraged to work on a puzzle, read, write about their life story, have conversations, share memories, and do many other things that all require a great deal of concentration. Even playing certain strategic games will provide numerous benefits for the elderly individual.

For example, doing the crossword puzzle once a day can provide 15 minutes to up to an hour of solid mental stimulation. The senior would have to concentrate, think, and strategize to figure out the clues and answers. There are many games that can be played, including chess, checkers, and even Concentration.

For a senior who has been living alone and relying on family members or even a home care aide to stop by for a couple of hours every couple of days, that may have been beneficial for physical support, but it likely didn’t provide the mental stimulation they needed to stay sharp.

When relying on an experienced live in caregiver, the senior will have greater opportunities to get physical exercise, stay safe, and even stay sharp when they take part in some wonderful mentally stimulating activities.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Seattle, WA, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Seattle at 206-420-4934.

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Ray Fitzgibbon

Started Synergy in Seattle in 2010 with his business partner and wife, Carole. Ray was a U.S Navy enlisted submarine sailor and later an officer on surface ships. The Navy helped pay for a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. A Former employer helped him get an MBA, both at the University of Washington. The Fitzgibbon’s are longtime Seattle residents. Their son Joe in a Representative in the Washington State House of Representatives. Ray is a very active member of the West Seattle Club, serving the local community.

Our plan was to run a business that let us help others. Since that time, we have served over 550 clients in the greater Seattle area.
We run the firm using the following three concepts:
1. Common sense
2. Kindness
3. Collaboration
Many of our clients are frustrated, tired and anxious when we first start working with them. Our goal, is to do more than just provide caregivers and invoices. We solve our client’s problems. You will never hear us say, sorry we don’t do that. So we assist clients in the process of applying for and working with long term care insurance firms. We have helped clients with trust modifications, legal challenges, auto sales and repairs, home sales and many others.
Our caregivers provide email reports that we relay to family members living in other towns, keeping them in touch.
We are high contact, high involvement folks. We answer the phone 24 hours, 7 days a week.
We have a registered Nurse in our firm who helps families interact with medical staff from doctor’s offices or hospitals.
Our long term caregivers are treated like family. We love them and they love working with our clients. For us all, this work is more of a calling than a job.

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