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How to Strike a Balance Between Your Loved One’s Independence & Safety

Seniors who maintain their independence often enjoy a better quality of life. However, the effects ageing has on a senior’s mental and physical health can make it difficult to do various daily activities without assistance. Here are a few ways you can encourage your senior loved one to remain independent without sacrificing safety.

Establish a Plan Early On

When establishing a care plan, you will need to consider your loved one’s opinion. If your loved one has an input, he or she may be less resistant to receiving assistance. Planning early on allows your loved one to voice opinions and wishes about the type of care he or she will receive. Include your loved one in the decision-making process at all times, especially when his or her health begins to decrease. Having an input allows your loved one to maintain a sense of control without putting his or her safety at risk.

Ageing adults who need help around the house, transportation to medical appointments and social events, and assistance with exercise can benefit from having an in-home care worker. With the help of tailored home care, North Coast seniors can enjoy greater independence and receive regular mental and social stimulation when relying on a trusted professional who is expertly trained in various aspects of senior care.

Safeguard the Entire Home

Install grab bars, lower cabinets and sinks, purchase comfortable beds and couches, and provide adequate lighting throughout the home. It is important to encourage your loved one to remain independent, and safeguarding rooms throughout the home is a good way to balance safety and independence. You should also know the surroundings of the home, such as safe walking trails, low-traffic areas, and senior-friendly businesses. Keep a list of places inside and outside of the home that could put your loved one’s safety at risk, and have him or her avoid those places. 

Encourage Physical & Mental Activities

Being physically and mentally active reduces the risk of frail bones, memory and vision issues, poor circulation, and depression. The more active your loved one is, the easier it may be to maintain independence. You can keep your loved one active by signing him or her up for exercise and art classes or encouraging working out at home with other family members. When you enhance your loved one’s overall quality of life, he or she can age in place safely without sacrificing independence. Take your loved one to the doctor for testing on a regular basis to ensure he or she is in good health and receiving adequate care.

Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging to manage over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care Tweed Heads seniors can depend on. 

Prepare a List of Emergency Contacts

A list of emergency contacts should include your loved one’s medical providers, family members, close friends, and trusted neighbours who can step in to help. Go over the contact information with your loved one, preparing him or her for an emergency situation. In addition to a creating list of emergency contacts, you should help your loved one avoid online scams and other types of elderly fraud.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional at-home care. Tweed Heads families can rely on expertly trained care workers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while ageing in place. If your loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life in the comfort of home, call Home Care Assistance at (02) 6646 3527 today.