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Playing Games Is a Great Way to Support Recovery for Aging Loved Ones

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PA

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PADid you ever think sitting down to play a game with your elderly grandmother could actually help her recover from that stroke? In most cases, people have a tendency to focus on the physical tasks, such as helping them do laundry, cooking meals, taking them to doctors’ appointments, and even helping to keep the house clean.

Those are certainly important, especially for somebody following a stroke, but just as important as the physical assistance is in recovery, emotional support is essential.

There are plenty of ways people can support their loved ones emotionally during recovery. While you may not be thinking about hospital readmission rates, you don’t want to see your grandmother have to return to the hospital any time soon.

You like playing games. She enjoys company. She also enjoys playing certain games. There is common ground right there.

What is it about the game that helps with recovery?

This is a good question to ask. Ultimately, it’s not about the game or the competition that matters most. It’s about the personal interaction.

Your grandmother may be living alone. She might have friends in the area who like to visit and there may even be a number of family members who have flocked around her at the hospital and will stick around for a couple of weeks afterward, but eventually people return to their normal lives and that leaves some, like your grandmother, spending most of her day alone.

You might be trying to take care of her as best you can. You have a full-time job and a number of other responsibilities, but you do stop by daily, usually to bring her something to eat, cook her a meal, or help her get laundry done.

Next time, instead of doing those things, sit down and ask what kind of game she would love to play. Don’t pose the question, “Would you like to play game?” Don’t give her a reason to think about you and what you might need, such as having to get back to your own life.

If you devote time to just spend with her, quality time, find out what game she wants to play. When she chooses a game and you sit down and play it, you will be able to have conversations, you’ll learn a lot more about her and what she may be feeling or thinking now, and you could offer some insight and encouragement that is just what she needs to keep working so hard on her recovery.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s home care in Philadelphia, PA please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care. Call today! 215-882-8234

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Renato Amorim

President & Co-Owner at Assisting Hands Home Care
Renato Amorim, president of Assisting Hands Home Care operations in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has worked for the past twenty years in government and international business, where he had the opportunity to carry out investment and business-development projects in all continents. He has managed teams of professionals spread over several countries in pharmaceutical and mining multinational companies.

Prior to joining Assisting Hands, Renato headed Merck’s public policy and corporate responsibility team in Latin America. In 2007, the World Economic Forum granted him the Young Global Leader award, as a recognition for his work on international trade advocacy.

After a series of family health challenges, including severe cases of cancer and dementia, Renato decided to shift his career toward more direct, personal and closer involvement with home- and family-health needs. In the Assisting Hands franchise system, he found the right balance between professional fulfillment and the delivery of compassionate services to the community.

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