Motivation to Get Out and About
There are many reasons why someone has less of a desire to get out of the house for a well deserved outing if only to enjoy the day.
Maybe seeing loved ones that they don’t get to see as often as they would like. Maybe fishing, visit to local park, take in a movie,
whatever suits their needs to get some relief from the depression, if only for a few hours.
Perhaps it’s the constant pain, feeling exhausted, worrying about bathroom availability, being on oxygen, weight gain/loss, needing wheelchair, or scooter.
I would like to hear from others how they are able to help motivate their patient or loved one to enjoy some of the life they still have.
No one knows when the lord will call so we need to take advantage of the remaining time.
How do YOU help with motivation? What activity can YOU suggest that may encourage someone to do something to make the day more enjoyable than staying home?
I know there must be some patients as well as some caregivers that could use time away from home.
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Hello @johnbishop, WOW, you did a nice job and it didn't seem to rake you long. I'm wondering if more of my pictures will do the same thing since taken with my phone. Thanks for all your efforts!!!!
Oh my, Cafe Du Monde. Yum. My daughter lIves in NOLA. I ALWAYS HAVE TO GO THERE FOR THE COFFEE AND BEIGNETS. SO GOOD!
Hi @duvie — glad I could help. It's really not too hard to do. If an old geezer like me can do it, I'll bet you can too. If you have a Windows computer it comes with a neglected program that you can use to crop and resize images. Here's a short YouTube video how to:
P.S. – The little used program is Microsoft Paint
Hello @shoregal45, Yes, getting little things done can be very hard when someone is in pain, nauseated, fever, and just feeling sick or exhausted. It can surely pile up quickly but each thing done can be an accomplishment. Climbing Mt. Everest has never been achieved in a day. Thanks for responding.
Hello @colleenyoung, Thanks for the kind words and expanding this topic to other groups as well as tagging other members.
Sometimes we may get to the point to where we feel much more comfortable and safer staying home where meds and medical equipment are within reach. Knowing the bathroom is close by as well as a bed to lay on if needed can be reassuring.
Sometimes someone's conditions may cause shortness of breath, pain, allergies, or anxiety which makes it undesirable to get up and go somewhere. Patients may feel much better having family and friends come to them instead of leaving the house.
However, sometimes if the weather is nice it could be very pleasing and beneficial to get out into fresh air and feeling the sun's rays.
I am finding out that, as a caregiver, planning is key to providing a safer more satisfying trip. Possibly purchasing a small pill box for certain meds, Kleenex, water, fast acting inhaler, oxygen meter, nebulixer with a DC battery converter to AC can be very helpful in keeping the patient mentally comfortable. Being patient and considerate to the patient's feelings and needs relaxes the patient making for a more comfortable outing. Having a to-go-bag that I can grab and run makes planning much easier.
We all need to get out and feel the sunshine sometimes.
@duvie I have problems getting out also but I do it. I went to a therapist for a short period who told me doing a little at a time of anything will help. Short trip around the block once a week to look at animals or flower or just houses. Take a short walk and make it longer each day or couple days. All that is great but when it is cold I hibernate all I can. the cold hurts and takes my breath away so i rarely go out in the winter. In the summer I do try and venture out a little more but not as much as I should. Like I said before home is my safe place. Anxiety rules with me I guess. I do FORCE myself to leave the house when my ex starts his griping all the time. haha I guess if someone does that all the time that will make you leave for awhile but I don't go far or I go be with my sister which is close. I won't stay gone long because my safe house calls me home.