The Art of Balancing Providing Help with Maintaining Independence for Seniors

Help preserve a senior’s sense of purpose by allowing him or her some independence

“Here, I can help you with that.”

“Be careful!”

“You can just sit here and rest; I’ll handle that.”

How often have we said things along the lines of these to seniors, with the best intentions of course? We want to do everything we can when caring for older adults to ensure they are safe and to take care of them in the same way they took care of us when we were younger. Yet, there’s a concealed threat in trying to do too much for seniors and depriving them of the opportunity to do as much as possible for themselves – the danger of harming independence for seniors and a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Take, for instance, an older gentleman who devoted his entire life to providing for his family, and just recently has been diagnosed with the initial stages of dementia. Given that he has always identified himself as a provider, becoming reliant on someone else to provide for him can be really tough and even feel demeaning. It’s crucial to help him uphold the sense of being needed by others, and there are a variety of tactics to achieve just that. Try these tips from Endeavor In-Home Care, the top providers of senior home care in Chandler, AZ and the surrounding areas:

  • Obtain guidance. Being granted the opportunity to share insight and wisdom is a great boost to an older adult’s self-esteem, and there is definitely a lot we can learn from older adults. Come up with little ways through the day to ask the older person’s guidance on how to make a perfect batch of biscuits, how to stop the draft from coming in under the back door, how to soothe a cranky baby, etc.
  • Seek hands-on support. As in-home caregivers, it’s our responsibility to support older individuals with assorted needs, but we also understand the value of allowing seniors the opportunity to perform helpful responsibilities too. It doesn’t have to be a massive task to maintain the sense of being needed. Be aware of the senior’s cognitive and physical limitations, and request his/her help appropriately. For example, a senior who is in a wheelchair can sit at the table and help with cooking and baking related tasks, polish silverware, or sort nuts and bolts in a toolbox.
  • Vocally show your respect. While you may presume the older person knows how you feel, it’s a wonderful feeling to be told how much we mean to one another. Take time to mention particular ways the senior has aided you in some manner and how much you appreciate that help, from learning to drive a car, to parenting techniques, to the ability to draw or paint or carve wood. Be honest in your compliments, and say them frequently, from your heart.

A skilled in-home caregiver, such as those at Endeavor In-Home Care, is proficient in sustaining the delicate balance between caring for older adults and boosting their sense of purpose and meaning. Contact us to learn more about our home care services, find out if our services are available in your area, or to request a complimentary in-home evaluation for your senior loved one.

Home Care in Sun City AZ: Habits for Good Sleep

Four Excellent Habits for Good Sleep

If your elderly family member isn’t sleeping well, there are likely many other areas in her life that are not running smoothly. These ideas can help to get her sleep back on track.

 

Regular Exercise

Your elderly family member’s doctor has likely recommended some form of exercise for her, so now is the time to start if she hasn’t already. Make sure that you’re familiar with the boundaries within which exercise is safe for your elderly family member and then put a plan in motion. Even a few minutes of stretching each day can help so very much.

 

Healthy Food Choices

Eating the right foods is what fuels your elderly family member’s body. Too much of the foods that are low in nutrients means that your senior’s body doesn’t have what it needs in order to properly operate. Talk to your senior’s doctor about working with a dietician or a nutritionist. These specialists can help you to choose a diet that is just right for your senior’s current health needs.

 

A Solid Daily Routine

One problem that can plague aging adults is that they may not have much of a daily routine any longer. Retirement can be fantastic, but if your aging family member doesn’t have a general idea of what she’s doing each day, she may find that she wakes up at random times and goes to bed way too late. Help your elderly family member to work out a time that is good for her to wake up and establish some general times for other activities throughout the day, such as meals and exercise. Then set up a routine that eases her into bedtime.

 

Help to Spend Her Energy Wisely

Using her energy wisely can be a huge tool for your aging adult. This means that instead of struggling through household tasks on her own, she allows home care providers to take over. This frees up her time and energy to focus on choosing healthier foods at mealtimes, for instance. She’s more able to have the room she needs to spend her time wisely when she has the energy with which to do so.

Even if your elderly family member is following all of these tips to the letter, she might still be having trouble sleeping. It might be a good idea to talk to her doctor at that point and determine if there is anything else that you can do that might help.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Sun City, AZ, please contact the caring staff at Endeavor Home Care today. Call  (480) 535-6800.

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