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How to Help Seniors Retain Independent Lifestyles

By Lauren Robison, 8:00 am on

Your loved one, like most aging adults, insists on living an independent lifestyle, but you’re concerned about his or her ability to safely carry out daily activities at home. When trying to balance a senior parent or relative’s desire for independence with his or her care needs, embrace the following tips from the caregivers at Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire and create a solution that everyone can enjoy.

Share Control

As your loved one gets older, you may find yourself wanting to do everything for them, but make sure you aren’t stepping on their toes. If you are consistently taking over and doing things they are capable of, they may develop feelings of insecurity. Instead of taking over responsibilities, simply help in any way you can. For instance, you can fill their pill container for the week, but allow them to take their medications without incessant reminders. Help grocery shop, but allow them to plan meals and create shopping lists.

Delegate Help

If your loved one can no longer perform certain daily activities, and you are unable to provide assistance consistently, delegate help to outside resources. For instance, meal delivery services can assist a senior that has trouble navigating the kitchen. New Hampshire in-home care is another great option where a trained and compassionate caregiver assists your loved one in the comfort of his or her own home. Caregivers can ensure your loved one eats regular meals and takes medications as prescribed, and can also assist with light housekeeping, personal care activities, and transportation. Sit down and ask what level of help would make them feel most comfortable and work together to find appropriate solutions.

Make the Home Safe

It is also important to create a home environment that your loved one can navigate safely and with ease. You can make their home more accessible by:

  • Installing hand rails on any stairs, tubs, and showers
  • Adding ramps to help eliminate stairs if mobility is a problem
  • Repairing any loose carpeting and removing tripping hazards
  • Putting nightlights and additional lighting in hallways or dark areas of the home

Have an open mind and sit down to discuss your loved one’s support options so you can create a pathway for successful, independent living. And if you’d like to learn more about in-home care, reach out to a friendly Home Care Assistance Care Manager. Along with live-in care, we also offer hourly home care in New Hampshire, which can be a great option for seniors who only need minimal help on an as-needed basis. Call 603-471-3004 and schedule your complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.