Promoting independence in elderly can play a huge part in helping them to maintain a healthy mindset and a sense of purpose. Ageing does not mean the complete loss of independence and the need to fully depend on a caregiver. Certain lifestyle choices made can ensure that you continue to live as independently as possible!
1. Develop a Schedule
Having a daily or weekly schedule can provide purpose to your life. You will have something to look forward to everyday and will not be dreading to wake up to a brand new day!
Try not to schedule too many doctor's appointment so as to not overwhelm them. There should be a good balance between medical issues and other areas of life, such as social and personal activities!
2. Safety Proofing your Home
Having a positive attitude towards ageing also means knowing the right changes to make to the living environment. As we get older, we become more prone to accidents and injuries. This can eventually lead to loss of mobility and therefore independence. Taking the right steps to prevent these accidents is crucial for promoting and maintaining independence in elderly. Having a safe living environment also ensures that elderly feel confident to get around the house by themselves and wouldn't need constant assistance.
Check out this blog post to read about the Ultimate Guide to Fall Prevention.
3. Social Activities
Social interactions are important to keep an ageing mind active. They are essential to and elderly's mental and emotional well-being. Having social activities outside of home will encourage elderly to get out and not stay cooped up at home. At the same time, it will encourage them to stay mobile and walk around more, so that their social activities would not be limited!
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4. Caregiver Assistance
In order to promote independence in elderly, caregiver assistance should be sufficient but not excessive. Caregivers should learn and know when to take a step back and allow elderly to do things that they are able to achieve on their own!
You may feel like you're helping them at the point in time, but in the long run you may be quickening their deterioration. Giving them the freedom to achieve the things they want to do can build their confidence and maintain their independence.
If you're worried about leaving them alone, having an alarm system can ensure that they are able to call you for help when they need it when you're away. So, you don't have to be by their side every minute of the day, and you can also get your things done!
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