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Some caregiver tasks are fairly standard, such as making meals, helping clients get around the home, setting out medication etc. But the purpose behind these tasks is all about helping the elderly remain as independent as they can. So just as important as the things you do, caregivers also need to consider things they shouldn’t do for their clients. Preferred Care at Home, a home care provider located in Delray Beach Florida, wrote an article titled “4 Tips to Promote Independence” which includes the steps they take to allow their patients as much independence as needed.

  1. Encourage seniors to do things on their own – Caregivers need to understand when it’s appropriate to encourage seniors to be independent, and when to offer assistance if needed. Even if doing a task on your own might be quick and easy, taking the time to help the senior accomplish it can give them confidence and help them feel more independent.
  2. Urge physical activity – Encouraging physical activity is a great way to get those endorphins flowing, enhancing their mood. Whether it’s as simple as walking to the mailbox or going through exercises a physical therapist suggested, keep them moving and they’ll be much more likely to remain independent for longer.
  3. Utilize adaptive equipment – Having the appropriate equipment like reaching tools and handrails can make the life of a senior much easier and allow them to stay in their homes longer.
  4. Be patient – Most tasks a caregiver does can be done by the patient, just not as quickly. Don’t rush them when they are completing a task like eating, getting dressed or using the bathroom. When given the right amount of time, seniors can complete many tasks on their own.

Seniors want to remain independent, so it’s important to respect their dignity and independence by allowing them to do whatever tasks they’re still capable of completing. By doing so, you’re clients will be happier, healthier, and will appreciate your caregivers all the more for it.


  1. bluebird January 7, 2015 at 4:06 am - Reply

    This shows that as a caregiver, you don’t have to do everything for your senior patient, even though that is really your primary task. You’re still going to do the work asked of you regarding home care but the point here is that you don’t let the elder ultimately depend upon you. You must let them move and be active – yes, give the freedom to do things instead of controlling them because that can affect them emotionally at most.

  2. Bobbie July 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    My boyfriend and i have his Mom living with us. She had a stoke seven years ago. She lost her ability walk in her own, she uses a walker. She is 84-year-old, very smart, has a laptop and plays games, does all her banking inline, also has a facebook accout. But she has gotten to where she thinks we should do everything else for her. Things like serve her in a tray and wait on her.
    My boyfriend iover does it.
    What can i do to make him understand that hes not helping her
    By catering to her. She needs to do for herself the things that she’s capable of?

  3. Taylor Hansen July 2, 2020 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I liked that you said that caregivers should let seniors be independent and should do tasks themselves. My mom’s condition is getting worse and she is starting to need more help every day. We’ll have to get her a good home care service that can visit her and help her out with her everyday tasks.

  4. Assisted Living March 22, 2021 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    My friend can’t decide on hiring home care or taking his grandma to a nursing home so they can help her with her daily routine. . Thank you for the information. I’ll recommend him to hire a professional to take care of his grandma at her home so she doesn’t get depressed.

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