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How to Help Your Elderly Loved One Stay Independent

By Carol White, 9:00 am on July 4, 2016

If you’ve noticed changes in your elderly loved one’s health that indicate the need for assistance around the house, he or she may be resisting help for fear of losing independence. However, aging and autonomy aren’t mutually exclusive. There are ways you can help your loved one age in place and live a happy and comfortable life, and these tips are designed to help with this goal.

Get the Home Ready

Getting rid of hazards throughout your loved one’s home is a vital step in helping him or her remain independent. Walk through the house and take a look at it from a neutral point of view. Even if the layout seems ergonomic, extra clutter and wires can still be dangerous. It is also important to add handrails anywhere your loved one might be unsteady, such as stairways and in the bathroom.

Prevent Isolation

Isolated seniors might be in danger of changes to their physical and psychological health. One way to prevent your loved one from becoming isolated is to set up weekly meetings with family and friends. Those who are closest to your loved one can pick a day to call or stop by for a visit and ensure the transition into living independently is going smoothly.

Research Delivery Services

One of the biggest challenges for seniors who are living alone is getting out of the house to run errands. However, the need to drive around town has greatly diminished in recent years due to the help of delivery services and Prescott senior care agencies. In addition to companies that deliver groceries and medication, there are now drivers who will carry out practically any errand imaginable, ranging from paying bills to picking up clothes from the laundromat. You might also want to see if a close friend or family member can run errands for your loved one once or twice a week, or you can also hire a professional caregiver to help.

Hire a Professional Caregiver

No matter how much planning you have done, there may still come a time when you need help from a professional caregiver. Even short visits just a few times a week can give you peace of mind your loved one is eating well and interacting with someone. These professionals can help your loved one with basic chores and run errands for him or her, and they can also provide Prescott respite care when you need time to focus on these things in your own life.

Some seniors may be concerned they will lose their independence when receiving help from a professional caregiver. However, your loved one’s fears can be alleviated by trusting in Home Care Assistance. Our care plans are customizable, ensuring your loved one only receives the help he or she needs, which allows for greater opportunities to maintain independence in other aspects of life. We also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care Prescott seniors can rely on. For more information on our in-home care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 928-771-0105 to schedule a free consultation.