What is a bucket list?
A bucket list is a compilation of events, ideas, or places that a person wants to do, see, or experience before they die.
Whether your senior parent or loved one has an official bucket list or not, and whether they are in perfect health or nearing the end, there may be things that they want to do while they are on this Earth.
Consider having a conversation with them about the things that they have always wanted to do.
Talk about your own bucket list
It may be easier to broach the subject if you start off mentioning your own bucket list items. You don’t have to be a senior to begin checking items off your list, and likewise, it’s almost never too late to start. Talk to your senior parent or loved one about the things that you have always wanted to do. If any of your bucket list items align with those of your senior, consider checking them off together, making memories to last a lifetime and beyond.
Keep it light
If you have difficulty discussing topics such as these with your loved one, remember to keep the tone light. Be silly and have fun with your senior as you find out what their dreams are, and never make them feel bad about anything that they come up with so that they know they can trust their important thoughts with you.
Give them ideas
If your senior parent or loved one has trouble coming up with ideas on their own, or feels any trepidation, try to nudge them by giving them some examples. This might be a new topic for some seniors receiving senior care at home who might not have been given the opportunity to think about such things. If they don’t want to discuss, you can let them know that you are open to talk about it if they ever change their minds.
If your senior is more of a creative or visual type, they may enjoy creating something with their hands like a physical board that they can look at and design. Have a craft day where you each discuss the items on your bucket list and cut and paste them in, a tangible thing that can encourage them to keep going until they have everything checked off and completed.
Think outside the box
You may have to really think outside the box if you are in a situation where you either don’t have the time or don’t have the resources to make your senior’s bucket list items come to fruition. Or maybe they have cognitive or physical limitations that make it impossible for them to leave the house. In these instances, you might have to do things in an unconventional way. Consider utilizing technology to connect people from far away places, or bring the experience to them in their home however you can. Don’t let mobility issues with their senior care prevent them from doing the things that they dreamed of.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.