Weather is always unpredictable. If rain is keeping your mom stuck inside, boredom can set in quickly. Here are some tips on helping your mom avoid boredom when it's just too wet to get outside for more than a few minutes.
Is your mom the type who cannot sit still? You're not alone. Decluttering the home is a good way to keep your mom busy. Go through old photos, books, clothing, and other items that take up space. You can scan photos and get them into the cloud for safe storage. Recycle or throw away items that haven't been used in years or are broken. Your mom gains a house that has less clutter and better organization while keeping busy at the same time.
Have a Movie Day
With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, it's very easy to line up a few moves on a rainy day. If your mom doesn't have any of the above, free trials make it easy to test them out before spending money. Many Blu-ray players, game systems, and Smart TVs come with the channels already installed. If not, a Roku player also makes it easy to watch these streaming channels on a TV. Hulu is best if your mom wants to watch classics like Brando's “On the Waterfront” or Grant's “To Catch a Thief.” Netflix is a great choice for recent movies like “Finding Dory.”
Learn How to Paint
Buy a small oil or acrylic paint kit, a couple of brushes, a paint knife, and some small canvases. Generally, you'll find these kits and canvas at hobby stores and be able to spend less than $50. Once she has the supplies in hand, use YouTube to find old Bob Ross videos. His instructional videos are easy to follow and help you learn how to paint. You may find your mom hooked on this new hobby after her first attempt at painting.
Play Board Games
You may have to work, but a caregiver can help your mom avoid boredom by providing companionship and being a worthy opponent when playing games. Some of the best games for rainy days are Scrabble and Monopoly as they can go on for hours. If you haven't looked at caregivers as companions, now's the time.
Caregivers help with a variety of activities of daily living that may challenge your aging mom. If you have questions or want to learn more, call a home care service today.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Springfield, NE, please contact the caring staff at Seniors Helping Seniors® Greater Omaha at (402) 215-0308 today.