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How to Keep Seniors Independent – and Safe

How to Keep Seniors Independent – and Safe

Your loved one is slowing down. They may have limitations from being at risk of falling to reduced visual acuity, and everything in between. The professionals at Inspire Home Care of Philadelphia PA have engaged with families who struggle to keep their seniors independent and safe. It’s not an easy task, especially since you want to respect their sense of independence. 

The best, first step in his process is having that uncomfortable conversation. What are your loved one’s wishes? How can you give them personal control over their activities while also watching for safety issues? How can you keep seniors independent and safe at the same time?

Here are some tips that Inspire Home Care has found helpful for independence:

1) Social engagement. 

The aphorism goes, “people need people.” Isolation is very detrimental to a person’s mental well-being and can also impact physical deterioration. Keeping your elder involved in social activities improves their outlook and sense of connection. 

2) Daily activities

When your elder lives in their own home still, there are familiar activities that create comfort. While you might not think of folding laundry as “comforting,” anything normal to the daily routine is a good thing. People want to feel useful. Instead of thinking about limitations, start recognizing possibilities. If you engage Inspire Home Care’s homemaker/companion services, your aid can fill in where you cannot in terms of overseeing things.

3) Exercise

Stop thinking of “organized” physical exercise as the only option. Turn your mindset to movement. If they can plant gardens, that’s movement. If they can walk, that’s movement. Even asking a person to get you something from the other side of the house (if safe) counts. There are also chair exercises for people with gait and/or standing strength issues. Have upbeat music or a favorite TV show playing in the background. 

Speaking of TV, it’s just as important for your elder loved ones to keep their mind active. Puzzles, board games, playing cards, having them explain their favorite sport – anything like this acts as brain training to deter dementia. 

Senior and Caregiver on a Walk
Senior and Caregiver on a Walk

Safety

Take a look around the home. Seniors spend a lot of time there, so many of the safety modifications begin with having a good eye. Ask yourself:

  • Do your hallways, stairways, bedrooms, or bathrooms require to grab bars? At first a senior may not like the idea, but over time they’ll appreciate the security they offer.
  • Do you need an emergency response system? You cannot be with your loved one 24-7. So, if something happens when you’re away all they have to do is press a button for help. Note: Some insurance companies cover this service. 
  • What about ramps? Stairs can prove daunting. A ramp system going into the home suits both walkers and wheelchairs. 
  • Would modified tools and utensils help? Arthritis hampers hand use, but there are specially designed items that make grasping easier (and therefore the item offers greater safety).

Getting Help: Reaching Out

When your life’s other responsibilities make it difficult, if not impossible, to ensure your senior’s independence and safety, look to Inspire Home Care of Philadelphia. Our team is trained in making your loved ones comfortable and secure. We have highly personalized and sensitive approaches which you can trust. 

If you’d like more information use our online contact form, or call our office at 215-576-CARE (2273)

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