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Encouraging Independence in Your Loved One
Help your Loved One Take Charge
Encouraging Independence in Your Loved One
This Independence Day, ElderCare at Home wants to share some tips to help you encourage your loved one to be independent. Encouraging independence for your aging loved one is important because being independent helps our physical and emotional wellbeing. Feeling helpless and unable to do what you want can likely lead to feelings of hopelessness and a decreased will to keep on living. Being able to take care daily tasks yourself can help lead to feelings of pride and accomplishment. Being able, in a broad sense of the word, is often taken for granted for healthy individuals. As we get older, our body changes and becomes less able to move like it used to. If you have an elderly loved one with a degenerative neurological disease, your abilities to accomplish tasks on your own can be severely impacted depending on how severe the mental illness is. For degenerative neurological disorders, you can help your loved one in the early stages, but it may become harder for them to do things on their own as their illness gets worse. However, this fact should not dissuade from encouraging your loved one from being independent now if possible.
If you care for an aging loved one, you may notice that they are resistant to your help and may to say that they can perform a certain task. This feeling of "ableness" is important for their wellbeing as much as it is for your own. And even if your loved one can only do simple things, like fold laundry or store away silverware, performing these acts can help your loved one's morale and confidence. And in some cases, the longer you can help your loved one preserve their independence, the less intense your caregiving responsibilities have to be.
What Does Independence Mean?
Independence varies from person to person and from context to context. Each aging individual will have their different range of capabilities. For example, your loved one may not be able to cook a five-course meal for an entire family (maybe they still can!), but maybe they could make a series of phone calls and book doctor's appointments. As a caregiver, try paying close attention to what they can and can't do and then determine a series of activities you can leave to your loved to do on their own. Sometimes, the choice might be easy and you may notice your loved one is capable of doing a lot. Other times, they may need a lot of extra help. If you try any new activities, e.g. exercise, then get the appropriate medical permission and supervise your loved one closely to ensure they will remain safe.
What You Can Do to Help Your Loved One Stay Independent
These are some activities that can help encourage your loved one to stay independent. Be sure to keep your loved one's current level of health in mind.
Encourage physical activity: Exercise, when approved by a doctor, can help your muscles get stronger and your mind become sharper. Walking or doing some light resistance training can help your body stay strong. Additionally, do aerobic activities like swimming or brisk walking can help improve cardiovascular performance and improve heart health.
Socializing: Humans are, by their very nature, social beings. Therefore, to survive means to interact with others. Aging can often isolate individuals by limiting the kinds of things one can do and environments one can be in. As a result, people become lonely and sad. To avoid depression and feelings of hopelessness, your loved one should continue socializing with friends and family. Going to community events, like a farmer's market, can be excellent social settings.
Working around the house: Ask your loved one to help them with easy chores around the house like folding the laundry, cleaning dishes, or reorganizing east-to-lift objects. These activities are especially good for individuals with Alzheimer's or another dementia because you are safe in the comfort of your house and can supervise.
Safe-proof the house: Take a moment to think about how your loved one could live more comfortably in their (or your) home. Make sure that everything they need is in an accessible place. And make sure that rooms are well-lit and that hazards are removed.
Prepare for emergencies: One fear that many people have about their aging loved one is "What if something happens when I am not there?" Fortunately, there are personal emergency response systems (PERS) that allow your loved one to contact emergency responders at the push of a button.
Support: Lastly, be there for your loved one when they need you. This means not just being there physically but responding to their emotional needs, as well. Responding to your loved one's emotional needs can make a huge difference in their attitude and outlook on life. It is therefore important to be a good listener, even if some conversations can be hard.
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ElderCare at Home's Tips and Tools
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Caregiving is a tough job to take on. Fortunately, you do not have to do it all alone. ElderCare at Home wants to provide you with the resources you need to be the best caregiver you can. Please click below to visit our new webpage:
Click our link to learn about suggestions and tips to make you a more efficient caregiver. And if we can't answer a specific question, we will give you the appropriate resources you need to find answers.
Making positive change to your caregiving techniques can have benefits for both you and your loved one.
Parkinson's Care for Your Loved One
F i n d t h e R i g h t T y p e o f C a r e
Parkinson's Care at Home Program
ElderCare at Home is making a deliberate effort to provide caregivers with the necessary resources they need to be the best caregivers possible for their loved ones. We have recently designed a new program called Parkinson's Care at Home for family caregivers with loved ones who have Parkinson's disease. Our program will include:
- Basic information about Parkinson's
- Young-onset Parkinson's
- Managing challenges
- Caregiver-specific information
- Helping families navigate through challenging times
By clicking below, you will have access to a free downloadable guide with information about Parkinson's disease. Additionally, you can also schedule a free consultation to see how ElderCare at Home can help you.
If you have questions about how ElderCare can help, please call us at
888-285-0093 or visit our website
We're More Than Just Private Duty Home Care
Specialty Home Care Programs
In addition to our Alzheimer's/dementia specific private duty referral services, ElderCare at Home, a licensed nurse registry, has referred caregivers who have provided exceptional care to thousands of patients through a number of specialty home care programs and our vast network of referred, independent contractors.
Each referral program allows the patient to recuperate in the place they most want to be... their own home! Most patients experience positive outcomes and are able to enjoy an improved quality of life.
ElderCare at Home is always here for you!
To learn more, reach out to us at anytime (561)585-0400.
How to Care for Your Mind
A Video for Family Caregivers
If you're a family caregiver or if a loved one in your family has dementia, then you are likely familiar with the devastating toll a degenerative neurological disorder can take on someone wellbeing. Although there is only so much you can do to take preventative measures against these kinds of disorders, there are other ways to prepare for your life ahead.
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Making Time For Yourself
Focusing on Your Wellbeing
How to Carve Out Time for Yourself as a Family Caregiver
Family caregiving takes a lot of time away from activities and hobbies necessary for physical and mental health. It is important therefore to think of ways to give yourself valuable time, even if it is just for a little bit. Here are some tips:
- Schedule time in an agenda/calendar: Keeping a schedule of activities that you want to do is crucial for actualizing those activities. Keeping a schedule is like setting miniature goals throughout the weeks and months. It also helps keep your busy mind organized since writing it down can help it stay out of your mind until you have to look at your schedule.
- Remember that you can't be perfect: When you are balancing a lot of activities at once, you may realize that the quality of your efforts may not be the best. This is okay. As long as you are giving it your all, you are likely doing a good job. Being a perfectionist when you are overwhelmed will burn you out. Learn to let the little things go, and you will find that opportunities will open that will allow you to focus on yourself.
- Do activities that make you happy: These activities can include socializing with friends, exercising, listening to music, or pursuing favorite hobbies. Pursuing activities that you enjoy will help you prioritize them because, well, you want to do them! Start thinking about activities you love and write them down into your schedule.
- Learn to say "No" to certain things: In other words, don't take on everything. Remind yourself of everything that you are doing and remember that you are not being selfish by saying "No." Use your judgment regarding what you are declining. If there is an emergency, then, of course, you should do your best to help. Bur if something is not an immediate priority, then it is okay to prioritize time for yourself, if you need it.
- Stay away from electronics, emails, and texts: At least, segment out a portion of the day to respond to these things. Or use your judgment as to how quickly you should respond. The point is that you should try to minimize the time you devote to looking at your smart phone, smart watch, computer, etc. because doing so can take time away from yourself. The more you structure your day, the more you might find that you can give yourself an hour here and an hour there.
- Ask for help: Caregiving consumes a lot of time. If you think you need professional assistance to give yourself a little break, then seek it out. Organizations like ElderCare at Home refers trained and licensed caregivers to meet your needs. Even if it is just for a few hours a week, it can make a big difference.
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Family caregiving can cause a lot of mental, physical, and emotional hardship. As a result of this stressful role, one of the most common health issues that caregivers face is depression. Not only is being a caregiver stressful, but this stress impacts other factors of your life which can predispose you to depression. In order to be the best caregiver you can be, it is crucial to take care of yourself [. . .]
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Caregiver Support Groups
Open Support Groups for Family Caregivers
Caring for someone that has Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other cognitive impairment is hard. These support groups are attended by caregivers who are struggling with all kinds of different challenges and emotions.
ElderCare at Home in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center, facilitates more than 13 Caregiver Support Groups throughout the Palm Beach County area (Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Boca Raton)
Our Alzheimer's caregiver support groups are different! Our caregivers are able to come together and share in a warm, relaxed and nurturing environment.
We also offer a monthly telephone support group for all Alzheimer's caregivers who are either unable to attend in person, or live out of state.
Call (561) 588-4545 to RSVP
for any of the support groups listed.
Accepting New CNA and HHA Registrations
We are currently recruiting independent contractors who not
only enjoy working with the memory impaired, but who have an interest in making a difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve.
Do you have these qualities?
Referral opportunities are available throughout South Florida.We've been helping
for over 17 years. As an Independent Contractor, you tell us exactly where you want to
; how many hours you can devote to your clients; and the type of caregiving situations you are looking for!
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The Best Compliment
Refer Your Friends and Family
The best compliment you can give us is the referral of your friends and family! We always appreciate referrals from our satisfied clients to friends and family members or professional resources. To send us a referral, simply call (561) 585-0400. Thank you!
We welcome the opportunity to serve
the people you care about.