Caring for a living thing creates a deep sense of fulfillment. Whether you’re looking after a child, a cat, or a simple goldfish, one of the beautiful things about giving care is that it’s as positive an experience for you as it is for the person or critter you’re looking after. Though many seniors look to pets to bring companionship and meaning to their lives, the responsibility of a cat or dog can be intimidating or impractical. But what about the mental and physical benefits of houseplants?
They may not be as cute and cuddly as a kitten or dog, but what they lack in wet noses and floppy ears they make up for in their impressive benefits. There are tons of ways that keeping plants in your house can benefit your body and mind. All it takes is a little sun, water, and love!
Plants Offer A Long List Of Benefits
When discussing the health benefits of plants, many people might immediately think of herbal supplements or invigorating teas. But to absorb the positive effects that plants have to offer, you don’t even have to eat or drink them. In fact, there are plenty of measurable benefits to simply keeping houseplants in your home.
There’s a good reason that a flower bouquet is a common gift for someone suffering from illness or grief. Flowers and plants have a remarkably positive effect on mood. A study at Kansas State University found that patients who viewed plants while recovering from surgery exhibited lower blood pressure and lower ratings of pain, fatigue, and anxiety compared to patients without plants in their rooms. Having plants in your living space improves both your mental and physical health.
Boost Mood and Cognition
Most people know that getting outside in nature has innumerable health benefits. Luckily, you can bring those benefits home with you! A houseplant in the room can boost your mood, concentration, and memory retention with very little work on your part. Who needs brain teasers and crossword puzzles?
Clean the Air
Many houseplants can do even more than benefit your mood; they can even help clean the air you breathe! While humans breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide (CO2), it’s the opposite for plants. They suck up the CO2 from your expelled breaths and fill your home with fresh oxygenated air. When picking out your houseplants, look for varieties that can help remove toxins from the air, such as peace lilies, spider plants, pothos, or more. Plants also naturally increase the humidity in your home. This can make a big difference with breathing issues in our arid climate.
Perhaps one of the most apparent benefits of houseplants is simply the way they look. Many houseplants are a simple yet gorgeous addition to any room, and when you love your living space, you’ll feel happier, too.
Giving Care Helps Everyone
Isolation and depression are two significant issues that seniors face every day. Though nothing can replace the benefits of human contact, having a pet has been shown to help seniors stay happier and more present in their surroundings. Taking care of a furry friend leads to reduced anxiety and depression, better self-care, and an overall sense of fulfillment. But pets aren’t a good fit for every senior, whether due to allergies, lack of mobility, or not feeling ready for the responsibility of caring for a living thing. Cats and dogs are especially care-intensive, and even the most laid-back of pets will need regular feeding and attention.
All you have to do with houseplants is find a space with the right amount of light and offer regular watering. Some houseplants can survive with very little light and water at all, making them an excellent option for seniors who don’t have the time or energy to keep up with a rigorous care schedule. And while having a living thing to care for can make a massive difference for isolated seniors, sometimes an in-home caregiver can take those benefits the rest of the way.
In-Home Caregivers Help You (and Your Plants) Grow
Isolated seniors with a trove of beloved houseplants can benefit from an in-home caregiver. A caregiver can help take care of houseplants, removing the risk of a fall while carrying around a heavy watering can. By helping keep houseplants healthy, a caregiver can help seniors continue to absorb the health benefits of cleaner air and better concentration. Caregivers are a great option to help around the house with other tasks as well, from laundry to dishwashing and more. For seniors living alone, having another person around can make a huge difference in mood and safety. If you’re worried about an isolated parent who could use some help around the house, an in-home caregiver could be the solution you’re looking for.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.
Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.