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5 Ways In-Home Care Maintains Independence

Posted On: December, 27, 2018
How Home Care Maintains Independence

As our loved ones get older it becomes more and more difficult for them to maintain independence.

It can be very hard for us to see our parents needing more help. It can also be scary if we are not sure whether we will be able to provide as much help as our parents need.

Getting in-home care, whether part-time or full-time, can enable your loved ones to maintain their independence.

Your parent or grandparent can keep pets and household comforts and have the opportunity to be impulsive and do new things.

Furthermore, your relationship with your parents will stay positive since the things you do together will be only things that you want to do together.

1. Freedom to focus on what matters

Why let your loved one waste energy on household chores and responsibilities?

Let someone else take care of the necessities so that your parents or grandparents can enjoy hobbies and time with family. As we get older we have less energy and get tired more easily.

When a senior citizen exerts all of her energy into household chores or running errands, she has less energy to do what she really wants to do.

Home care can handle all of the little necessities of life so that your loved one can focus on what matters.

Home Care - Shopping for Seniors

A caregiver can go with your loved one to make shopping and errands easier and faster by keeping organized and carrying groceries, or the caregiver can complete these activities for the senior citizens so that your parent or grandparent can spend her time doing something fun.

For many people, running simple errands like grocery shopping or going to the bank are comforts and connections to a routine.  

While it may seem easier and more practical for a senior citizen to subscribe to a grocery delivery service or have a caregiver run errands, having a caregiver to patiently go with your parent or grandparent as she goes about her daily routine can allow your loved one to maintain independence and a routine but also stay safe and exert less energy.

2. Keep pets, plants, and household comforts

As we get older, it can be harder to take care of pets and maintain plants and gardens.

Let someone assist your loved ones so that they can continue to enjoy the things that they have always loved.

Pets help people stay happier and healthier longer and reduce blood pressure and stress.

Maintaining Senior Independence - Playing with Pets

Furthermore, pets anchor senior citizens who may be suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia to reality. Playing with or petting an animal allows a person to be completely in the moment.

This can be a huge relief for elderly people who are confused by their surroundings and the people around them.

Plants help a senior citizen to maintain a routine. Caring for plants gives a feeling of satisfaction and well-being, while the beauty of plants provides continuous enjoyment.

Houseplants can encourage elderly people to move around as they care for their plants.

For many people, a garden is a source of pride and pleasure. This enjoyment tends to only increase as we get older, especially as we see the flowering plants and trees that we planted years ago grow and mature.

Gardening can be a very soothing experience for senior citizens and a good reason to get outside as well.

Home Care - Gardening & Planting Hobbies

On good days a senior citizen might have the energy to take a dog for a walk or play with a cat.

Sometimes watering, weeding, and repotting are pleasurable tasks. On other days, being begged by a dog to go for a walk or seeing plants wilt can be a very stressful experience.

Home care lets loved ones keep beloved pets, house plants, and gardens. Your parents or grandparents can provide care when they are able and allow a trusted caregiver to take care of things on the worse days.

The comforts of home are different for everybody. Perhaps your parent or grandparent has always loved to have cut flowers on the table. Maybe elaborate holiday decorations were always a joy for your loved one.

As we get older, keeping fresh cut flowers on the table or rummaging through the attic for decorations can seem impossible.  A caregiver can help your loved one maintain her favorite rituals and maintain the comforts of home.

3. Learn new things and develop new hobbies

Research has shown that continuing to learn new things and keep the mind active can delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Home care can open up new opportunities for classes, clubs, and other new learning.

A senior citizen may not think to try something new, but a loving caregiver can suggest activities that your parent or grandparent might enjoy, as well as providing transportation and companionship.

There are many opportunities in the community for senior citizens to engage and learn, but too often senior citizens do not have transportation or do not want to ask loved ones for a ride to these events.

A caregiver can provide transportation and company for your loved one while she continues to grow and learn.

Your loved one may get an idea to try something new but you worry that her idea is dangerous or that she is not entirely capable of making decisions on her own while engaging in a new activity.

A trusted caregiver can ensure that your loved one only takes on as much as she is able and doesn’t get herself into any trouble.

Senior Activities to Maintain Independence

4. Independence from loved ones

We love our parents and grandparents and want to do things for them, but it can be hard for parents to let children do necessary things for them.

Letting a certified professional take care of necessities can keep your relationship with your parents dignified as they age.

Your loved one probably wants to see you as often as possible, but both your parent or grandparent and yourself would probably prefer that those circumstances were fun and positive.

Letting a caregiver take care of running errands and household chores gives you and your loved one the freedom to do what you want to do so that together time isn’t wasted.

If your loved one lives with you a caregiver can give you some time to yourself. You may not even realize how valuable this will be until you have it.

Time to yourself to pursue your own hobbies or just have some me-time will give you a chance to recharge and be more available for your loved one.

5. Be Impulsive

As we get older, we can fall into habits. There’s nothing wrong with a weekly dinner routine or a breakfast ritual, but it is also good to feel like you can follow your impulses every now and then.

Home care can provide an avenue for indulging a sudden wish for a lunch out or an afternoon movie.

Sometimes you may feel just as ready for a surprise lunch as your parent or grandparent, but other times you may be in the middle of other things or not in the mood.

Perhaps your loved one isn’t even interested in whether you come or not, but simply needs a ride to some event she just found out about.

A caregiver can allow your loved one to be impulsive while keeping her safe from dangerous decision making.

If your parent or grandparent is nervous about doing something alone, a well-known caregiver can provide security and give your parent or grandparent the confidence to do what she wants to do.

Conclusion

Getting older does not have to mean becoming more dependent on loved ones.

A certified caregiver can allow senior citizens to maintain independence and keep on doing the things that they love to do, whether that is walking the dog, planting flowers, going to a class, doing regular yoga, or doing something new.

Whatever makes your parent or grandparent happy, home care can make it possible for her to keep enjoying it.

Home Care Maintains Independence for Seniors

If you are considering In-Home Care for your loved one near Santa Cruz or in the Aptos, California area, please request a free in-home care consultation or call Pacific Angels Home Care at (831) 612-6435.