One of the many benefits of in-home care is that you can choose to keep doing the tasks that create joy and wellbeing. Once some of the 'heavy lifting' of home duties and maintenance is taken care of, you may discover newfound energy. Now is your time to enjoy your own home and its simple daily pleasures of positive ageing.
Find a new rhythm to your days
When a home care package begins, it can take a bit of getting used to. Even if you're very glad to have the help, your days can start to look very different. Establishing a new routine can be useful.
Your mental health can benefit from the regular achievement of small tasks. Think of it as the satisfaction of ticking items off a 'to do list'. Even though you may have a house cleaner completing large tasks such as vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom, you can take pride in achieving regular, smaller tasks.
Wiping down the bathroom sink each morning, making the bed as soon as you get up, sweeping a garden path, watering pot plants and other daily tasks will also make your home a more pleasant place to be.
Cooking for nutrition and pleasure
Living in Adelaide, we have access to an incredible range of fresh produce, and cooking inspiration from a whole world of cuisines. Our services can help with food shopping and preparation, and even cooking and eating support. But we encourage you to have an active involvement where you are able.
You may find pleasure in exploring new recipes. You might have family members who would appreciate some homemade biscuits, jams, and cakes. Perhaps you could challenge yourself to try a new recipe once a week. A lot of men who have traditionally only ever handled BBQ tongs will discover the joys of the kitchen, later in life.
Get into the garden
Gardening is a great way to stay active. But as we age, our home gardens can become overwhelming. It seems you look away for a day or two and suddenly everything is overgrown with weeds, not to mention the need for pruning, mowing, mulching, and more. Our home-based care packages can take on all those labour-intensive tasks. Then you can really enjoy your garden.
For those who are physically able, there is much pleasure to be had in tending to lighter garden tasks. Plant and harvest vegetables and fruit. Cultivate flowers that you can cut and arrange to brighten the house.
Grow herbs for cooking. Try your hand at bonsai. Keep a garden diary to help you plan what works in your garden throughout the seasons. And don't forget, create a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the rewards of having your own garden.
Sort family memories
If you've lived in the same home for many years, chances are you've accumulated a household full of memories and 'stuff'. You might want to sort through it, but there's always something more important calling for your attention.
Shopping to do. A tradesman to organise. Laundry, cleaning, gardening, appointments and more. Our home care packages can free up your time and energy, so you can finally get to those 'someday' tasks.
Okay, so major house sorting isn't always a pleasure. But the rewards are amazing. Start small, and don't be afraid to call for help from family, friends, and in-home services.
Clean out a wardrobe and donate items to charity. Tackle a bookshelf. The linen cupboard. You'll relive some wonderful memories as you decide what to keep, gift, donate or throw away. And when a task is complete, it will be a load off your mind, too.
Not every moment needs to be productive
Of course, you shouldn't feel that home care services mean a whole new 'to do list'. At this time of life, you deserve some help. Remember, it's your choice.
What will give you pleasure? What will give you satisfaction? What will help keep your mind and body active, within your own personal limits?
MMACG in-home aged care support services help you make the best of this time of your life. Talk to us about care with a country, community heart.