At first glance, your elderly family member might not understand how bringing senior care providers into her life can help her to remain independent. When you really look at what they can do for her, however, you can start to see how that can be true.
No One Likes to Feel Dependent
No one enjoys the feeling of being dependent on other people for normal daily activities. Your aging adult may particularly feel a sting with that situation because she may have spent years taking excellent care of herself. Now her life is changing and that can be scary and upsetting. The more independence your elderly family member is able to maintain the stronger she can feel overall. It can help her to boost her morale and to stay healthier.
Mobility and Functional Abilities Change
Your senior’s ability to move and to do certain things changes over time and as her health changes. Problems such as arthritis can dramatically affect her ability to do things such as grasp items, get dressed, and handle other daily chores. All of this extra effort can start to cost your senior more in terms of energy expenditures and that’s a problem, too.
Energy Reserves Change
The amount of energy that your senior used to have may not be the same as it is now. Add to that the fact that normal daily activities can cost her more energy and she’s not likely to be able to keep up the way that she once did. Having senior care providers take over a bulk of the repetitive and recurring tasks of everyday living can help so very much. As your senior’s energy levels and abilities change further, they can help with those tasks, too.
Some Tasks Are Just not Interesting Anymore
This is a time in which your aging adult may be looking at her life a bit differently than she has in the past. She may see that spending time and energy on tasks that she neither likes nor finds interesting is time that is wasted. This is another reason that home care providers handling those tasks for her can be incredibly refreshing for her. She doesn’t have to do anything that she doesn’t want to do.
If you’re not certain what specifically will help your elderly family member to feel more independent, sit down and have a conversation about it. When you open up the discussion, you let her know that you’re serious about helping her to maintain her independence and you get information that you can use.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Princeton Junction, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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