When it comes to helping your aging family member to feel as independent as she wants to be, the key may be in relieving the feelings of helplessness that can creep in for her. Accepting help isn’t a bad thing, but it can take your senior a little while to realize that fact.
Choices and Options Help
One of the ways your senior may be feeling less independent is that she may have fewer and fewer choices than ever before. She may accept your help because she needs it, but if she feels left out of the decision-making process, that can leave her feeling as if she’s just in the way. You don’t want to overwhelm your senior, especially if she’s experiencing cognitive issues, but you do need to make sure she has all of the options that are possible.
Keep Her Home as Accessible as Possible
Accessibility and safety are a key component of keeping your senior independent, especially if her goal is to age in place. Keeping her home as free of clutter as possible and ensuring that she’s able to safely navigate her home is vital. There might be small changes you could make, like swapping out doorknobs for levers, but they make an immense difference for your senior. That’s all part of keeping her as independent as possible.
Assistive Devices and Tools Really Are Necessary
Assistive tools get a bad reputation because they might make your senior feel old or they might be awkward to use, but in some situations they’re absolutely necessary. Make some compromises with her about assistive devices and technology. If she’s at least willing to try those devices, make sure she’s using them to their best advantage.
Look for Ways to Avoid Isolation
Isolation can be a massive problem for your senior and might be something that she doesn’t really think about in terms of something that hinders her independence. If your elderly family member isn’t getting out as much as she did or isn’t seeing as many people as usual, try to find out why that’s happening. Determining the cause can help you to find a solution.
As your senior’s needs change the solutions you might offer also change. It’s important to help her to understand that accepting help doesn’t make her less independent. Senior care providers can help her to learn that lesson because they offer just the help that she needs without making her feel overwhelmed.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Naples, FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 434-8000. Ft. Myers: (239) 939-1228.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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