If you have an elderly parent, grandparent or other loved one that needs assistance with their care, often they feel like they are giving up their independence. Whether you are giving them care in their own home or they are living in an assisted living community, there are ways that you can help them feel independent.
Lack of independence for someone who used to take care of themselves can make them feel helpless and lonely. In some cases, seniors who feel like they have lost their independence can slip into depression. Here are some ways you can help your senior loved one have the independence and dignity they deserve.
Giving seniors choices to make on their own can help them feel like they have control over decisions in their life. For example, let them pick the clothes they would prefer to wear. When it comes to choosing food, you may want to offer a few healthy meal choices to ensure they are getting proper nutrition.
Set up their home in a manner in which they can get around independently, yet safely. Making small modifications can go a long way in keeping them healthy and happy. Here are some examples of some things you can do:
- Install a raised toilet seat and grab bars
- Utilize a shower chair
- Add hall railings
- Choose a recliner that raises and lowers for easier sit and stand movement
When making adjustments to your elderly loved one’s home, remove any obstacles such as electric cords, small furniture and clutter that can cause trips and falls.
Take time to show your elderly loved one how to use the latest technologies that can help them stay in touch with their friends and family members who may live far away. A tablet, laptop or cell phone can provide them with an easy way to communicate and send pictures.
Socialization is a crucial factor in an elderly person’s health both physically and mentally. So, show your favorite senior some fun! Seniors who are social can benefit from regular social activity. From combating memory loss and depression to lowering blood pressure and more, socializing can give your favorite senior a host of health and wellness benefits.
If you have an elderly loved one that may be in need of assisted living care, but has a fear of losing independence, we can help. The Arbors Assisted Living is a community that encourages residents to lead a fulfilling senior life. We offer activities and programs that are designed to help our residents feel independent and improve their health and well-being. Contact us to learn more.