Losing the will-to-live is a term that usually make us think of unnourished third world kids that lack the essentials to grow strong and healthy. In realty this situation does not only affect children and it might be a lot closer to you than you can realized.
This issue is also very common in elderly communities and home care situations around the world. Even though this group concerns grown ups in the developed world their bodies and minds are in decay like the third world children we see on TV. There are several reasons why this condition might develop, among them: depression, undernourishment or disease.
If we compare our bodies to a plant and take into account that no matter a what stage the plant is at it will need water, sunlight, attention and fresh air. So why should we believe that because we reached an adult stage we no longer need nourishing. All the things we need to thrive will help us to remain healthy and sane. The following points are ways caregivers can help seniors who are receiving home care to keep nourish.
A poor diet can keep the body from getting essential nutrients. Making sure the elderly person eats a balanced diet will help them remain healthier. If the former is not possible the doctor can prescribe food supplements and vitamins to fill in the gaps.
Communication and Interaction
Elderly people should be able to do things they enjoy doing. Keep in touch with family members and friends or even to start up a hobby will make them feel happy. Establish a good communication system, by listening to them when they speak, asking questions to find out about their likes, dislikes, needs or even fears will help them to feel better.
Visit landmarks or shopping venues, going for walks to the local parks are good ideas for outings. Find out about easy but fun exercises elderly people can practice at home. Promote activities and exercises every time possible.
If you are going through the effort to keep a loved on at home with home care services like ours, it is obviously better to make their time at home more enjoyable.