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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.