Great Tips to Maintain Quality of Life of Elderly Patients
Maintaining a good quality of life of their elderly patients is a challenge faced by professional caregivers. Quality of life refers to a well-formed lifestyle which includes physical activity and social interaction that help retain independence. This is important for keeping their interest alive in the process of living. As per the National Institute of Aging, depression and boredom can result into forgetfulness which can be dangerous if these patients forget to take medicines and medication management becomes a problem. So, the responsibility of a caregiver is doubled – to keep the elderly patient engaged and remind her/him of medications.
What will Keep Your Patients Engaged?
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the reasons of failure of many elderly in thriving is inactivity. Therefore professional caregivers should see to it that their patients are getting enough motivation to keep their body moving and brain active, and thereby their mood elevated. To accomplish this, many things can be done, including:
- Encourage patients to listen to CDs, tapes or books
- Make them listen to their favorite music through which their brain cells will get stimulation
- Encourage them to join an exercise class or day picnic sponsored by recreation departments and community parks
- Encourage them to volunteer in community programs
Many elderly patients prefer staying at home. This is fine to a limited extent; however, if it leads to constant isolation, it’s bad. A mobile phone is a great way to overcome isolation by connecting the elderly to the world.
We have previously mentioned about the CeyHello app which is a great way to overcome the habit of elderly patients of forgetting medications. This app is extremely useful for professional caregivers in making their patients engaged and reminding them of medications. CeyHello implements a wonderful idea of ‘moticons’ to remind them of medications. Moticons are film clips that can amuse the patients, remove their boredom and sadness, and make them smile. They can be their favorite actor or politician or any celebrity or anything that can bring joy to them. Thus Moticons make CeyHello not only a great pill organizer, but also a medium of taking the patient out of the isolation and keeping their interest in living alive.
With the ‘Care Circle’ feature of CeyHello, the patient can remain connected to her/his dear ones. CeyHello has still more features like multilingual voice, uploading prescription and more, with which you can arouse the interest of your patient. You can also monitor the results with the medication adherence reports every month or even week.
All in all, CeyHello is a great tool for professional caregivers in their efforts of maintaining a high quality of life of elderly patients.
Take help of such tools and bring joy to your patients’ lives.