Importance of keeping independence with senior home care. This is an important topic when it comes to finding home care in Mesa Arizona and the surrounding cities. Being younger adults without the health issues, we may not realize all of the challenges that come with getting older. A huge hurdle that seniors deal with as they age is being able to remain independent. Mentally this can be hard, not being able to do everything that he/she once was able to do on their own.
Independence in Seniors
It has been shown and said many times that seniors want to age in their own homes and live independently. No one wants to be told what to do, this goes for seniors also. This becomes an issue when a senior declines physically or mentally that it hinders him/her from living independently. There are things that family, friends, and caregivers can do to ensure that the senior is given the opportunity to have independence.
How to Assist Seniors with Independent Living
First we always want to remember to be respectful, this is a trying time for seniors; just think how you would feel if you were the one in their place. You want to keep them involved, as much as possible, in making decisions. These can include simple decisions as what is for dinner to the bigger decisions like their health care. You want to give your loved one the opportunity to make their own decisions. Imagine how you would feel if someone came into your home and made all of the decisions for you without even considering your feelings – it wouldn’t feel good at all.
This is a time when seniors can fall into the loneliness trap to the extent that they fall into a depression. Their kids are grown, grandkids are in school and have after school activities, they are retired so they don’t see co-workers anymore, and they just begin to get into a slump. Before your loved one goes down that road, there are things you can do to help them stay active and to socialize. Look in your area for a senior center that they can join, sign up for activities at the library, look for classes that they may have an interest in like an art class, find volunteer opportunities, or if they like animals get a pet. With family, do video calls with them so they can feel involved in your lives when you can’t visit.
Home Care as an Option
For your elderly loved one that wants to remain independent, but does need assistance, a caregiver may be an option so they can remain living in their home. It can be a companion a few hours a day, while you are at work, to keep your loved one company, escort to appointments, take shopping or other errands, and to ensure he/she eats and gets to socialize in or outside of the home. If more care is needed, there are services that provide personal care assistance like bathing. Plus there is specialized care for your loved one, as well as care for dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
Always remember how important independence in seniors is and help is always a call away! Call us today to learn how we can help your loved one live independently (480) 618-5995