Home Care in Philadelphia PA
Independence is an important concept for everyone. As a family caregiver it is your responsibility to help your senior maintain as much independence as possible so that they can avoid potentially serious consequences such as depression, anxiety, diminished self-esteem and self-confidence, and loss of motivation. Finding ways to encourage feelings of independence and autonomy throughout their lives supports better mental and emotional health, and encourages your senior to experience a higher quality of life as they age in place.
One area of the home where you can help your senior maintain their independence through simple tasks is in the bedroom. This is a room where people are meant to feel comfortable and at ease. It is also where they prepare for the day and get the rest that they need to stay healthy. Helping your parent feel independent here starts and ends the day on a good note and helps maintain a greater sense of privacy in their lives.
Some of the ways that you can help your aging loved one remain more independent in their bedroom include:
• Store outfits together. Help to eliminate some of the confusion of getting ready in the morning by storing complete outfits together. Rather than putting individual types of garments into different drawers or different sections of the closet, use garment bags to store complete outfits including socks, undergarments, pants or a skirt, a blouse or shirt, or a dress together. Close the bag and then hang them in the closet. Then all your parent needs to do is choose a bag and get ready.
• Eliminate bedmaking “fuss.” Making the bed in the morning is something many people feel they need to do each morning before really getting the day started. Putting together a complicated bed with shams, throw pillows, and other details, however, might be too challenging for your aging parent. Streamline their bed so that all they need to do is straighten their sheets and blanket for it to look adequately “made.”
• Lower the bed. A bed on risers or a thick platform can look elegant, but it can also be extremely difficult for your elderly parent to get into if they are suffering from mobility or balance problems. Remove these risers or platform so that the bed is lower and it is easier for your parent to maneuver without the risk of falling.
As a family caregiver, starting senior care for your aging loved one can be one of the most compassionate, nurturing, and beneficial decisions that you can make. Even if your elderly parent only has mild to moderate care needs, the highly personalized services of a senior home care services provider can help them to enjoy the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. This care provider will evaluate your loved one’s individual needs and challenges, as well as their personality, goals, beliefs, and lifestyle, and devise a course of care, support, and assistance tailored to helping them address their needs, stay safe and healthy, and maintain the highest level of independence and activity throughout their later years. This ensures that whether you are able to visit your parent daily or you are a distance caregiver only able to be with them occasionally, your senior will have the level of care and support that they need and deserve. When it comes to helping them maintain their independence, this care provider can recognize the specific challenges that your senior is facing and offer support and care that encourages your parent to handle more on their own and keep their mental and emotional health high as they age in place. Supporting independence in their bedroom can help your aging parent feel more confident at the beginning and end of each day and preserve a greater sense of privacy and autonomy no matter what challenges they are experiencing.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home care in Philadelphia, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. (215) 882-8234.
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