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How Art Projects Can Help Your Senior Parents Communicate with Their Home Care Provider

Home Care in Queen Creek AZ

Communication is one of the most important abilities a person has. It is through communication a Home Care in Queen Creek AZperson is able to express feelings, emotions, and needs, and engage with others to create and maintain relationships. For many seniors, however, aging brings about cognitive, physical, and medical limitations and challenges that make it more difficult to communicate with others. Whether these challenges prevent normal verbal communication or just limit the senior’s ability to properly interpret and express himself, this can make providing nurturing, effective care much more difficult.

One of the ways a home care provider can reach out to elderly adults to foster communication and develop a closer, more beneficial care relationship is doing art projects together. Art is a powerful form of creative expression that allows people to offer their perspective, thoughts, feelings, and needs in a way outside of traditional forms of communication. This ability to communicate offers many benefits to your aging loved ones, including:

• Decreased instance of depression

• Greater motivation and will

• Increased sense of independence and autonomy

• Healthier emotional expression and the ability work through situations

• Ability to express needs and desires effectively


By working on art projects with your elderly loved ones regularly, the in home health care services provider can improve her care through:

• Building trust

• Learning emotional cues and triggers

• Developing a sense of personality and perspective

• Creating channels through which the seniors can express needs the care provider can address

• Identifying signs of depression, isolation, and other emotional issues that you can work with your parents’ physician to diagnose and treat


The options for art projects an in home care provider can do with your elderly loved ones is nearly endless. By offering many different types of activities on a regular basis, she can identify the ones that your senior loved ones enjoy the most and that seem to foster the most creativity and expression. Suggest some of these ideas:

• Painting. A simple piece of paper and a set of paints opens a world of expression. Pay attention to the colors seniors use, the shapes they tend to create, and any features that are prominent or missing on people and animals they paint to potentially gather some insight into their thoughts

• Clay. The tactile experience of manipulating clay stimulates the brain, exercises the hands, and allows seniors to create whatever comes to mind. This is a fantastic medium to use while engaging in conversation with the seniors. The care provider can ask questions and the seniors can supplement their answers using their clay

• Photography. An excellent choice for seniors who are able to communicate but have difficulty building trust, forming relationships, and expressing themselves openly with care providers, photography is a glimpse into how a person sees the world around him. Encourage the in home care provider to bring your seniors to different locations and let them freely take pictures. Later, go through the pictures and build conversation around the images and their subjects. This can help seniors open up to their care providers and start forming a personal relationship that supports effective care

Get in touch with the elder care agency in your area to find out more about hiring home care for your elderly parents and how these professionals can encourage communication, expression, and independence in your loved ones.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services in Queen Creek, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.