As your loved ones get older, independent living may become more challenging, but there are many things that can be done to make independent living a safe and comfortable option. Part 1 of this blog series noted that opportunities to be social, homemaker services, and a home health aide are all great ways to encourage independence. Here are 3 more tips to encourage independent living for your senior loved one: Tips for Encouraging Senior Independence
Many seniors have an extremely difficult time accepting the aging process. One particularly challenging struggle is realizing there is a need for regular medical care. However, some elderly adults don’t want to move away from their homes into assisted living or nursing homes. In-home care services provide an amazing opportunity to help ensure senior independent living remains successful. Licensed and registered nurses provide specialized medical care on a weekly or biweekly basis. Skilled nurses can also speak with the primary physician (or other medical professionals) to collaborate on and advocate for your loved one’s health.
Make Adaptations for In-Home Safety
If your senior loved one is living independently, it’s crucial to ensure their home is safe for them to reside. Making adaptations and modifications are often key for independent living success. Seniors are at heightened risk of falling (such as in the shower or doing daily tasks). Installing grab rails, encouraging the use of modified utensils, utilizing modified technology, and more can be beneficial to promote independent living in a safe and comfortable way. Home health aides in Lauderdale MN are also a great asset when it comes to ensuring your loved one’s home is safe & suitable for independent living, and can help promote a healthy modified lifestyle.
Provide Ample Choices
Nobody enjoys being forced into something they don’t want to do. It’s important to remember that elderly folks have their own preferences. Living independently is important to seniors largely due to them having the opportunity to make their own choices. If you’re caring for a parent or older family member, ensure they have the ability to make their own choices. For example, having choices available as to what to eat, wear, and what activities to do are important.
It’s also important to remain flexible and understand that your loved one has lived independently for years, and it can be a major challenge shifting into needing assistance with day-to-day things. Do your best to remain patient & loving, and respect that the senior you care for has their own opinions and preferences.
If your senior loved one is ready for home care services in Lauderdale MN, contact Pinnacle Home Care. We are proud to be your local home care agency in Lauderdale Minnesota and have services available to help your loved one(s) live safely and comfortably while maintaining their independence. Contact us for more information, and watch for Part 3 of this blog series.