The beginning of the new year is always a time to evaluate how to improve your life for the better. Your parent often wants to take more control of their care and have more elderly independence. They don’t want to become a burden to their children or come in the way of their work or family. This year, they can achieve this freedom with the help of these tips for elderly independence.
Your elderly loved one is still able to maintain some form of independence even if they have some disabilities. While not brushing off care for them all at once, your help with their daily freedom helps their self-esteem and power of independence.
You love caring for your parent, but they are often not accustomed to being cared for 24/7. They might still want to have some freedom in their daily lives, and you can help them with this. How to aid your parent with their independence keeps them feeling they can live without minimal aid from you.
Volunteering for your community serves as an excellent chance for your loved one to practice some elderly independence. They will feel they are contributing their time to doing good for others. Search for volunteering options without much work involved, such as checking people into an event, or an activity where they are sitting if they can’t stand for long periods of time.
Weekly or monthly meetings for crocheting, knitting, or other hobbies is just another way for your elderly loved one to get out of the house and socialize with others. It gives them some independence and something to look forward to every time it is time for the meet-ups. Your local craft store often has a schedule for meetings to do craft projects.
If you are working during the day but your parent stays at home, taking public transit is an option for them to get out of the house for a small period. Showing them the route map and bus schedules helps them feel more confident when they do venture into taking the bus. It gets them to see the world and be out of the house for a little bit.
They can run errands or meet up with friends, so set up a plan with them of what they plan to do so you are aware of where they are going.
Adult day cares are perfect places for your loved one to develop or use their elderly independence. Many offer annex programs with fun activities and social events to get your parent to be around people their age. They also begin to look forward to the following day to see what fun things they will do at adult day care.