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10 Ways Seniors Can Maintain Their Independence

By Vicki Crow

At Home Helpers Home Care, we’re committed to quality caregiving that fosters lifestyles infused with purpose and meaning. That’s why we’re proud to celebrate Maintaining Senior Independence Month by highlighting the many ways older adults can preserve their independence.

 

Independent living gives you choices, options and control over decision-making, which can be key factors in warding off feelings of depression, isolation and hopelessness. From practical to personal, these 10 suggestions can help you live independently without compromising your dignity and happiness:

 

  1. Personal and Home Safety

Safeguarding yourself against home accidents is key to successful independent living. Optimize mobility with hand rails, place items in easy reach and consider a security alert device for emergencies.

 

  1. Resource Lists and Contacts

Work with a caregiver to compile a list of contact information for family members, doctors and therapists, and home repair services. Keep the list in a central location for easy access.

 

  1. Meal or Grocery Delivery

Commit to healthy eating by ordering meals or groceries online through local delivery services. Keep a running list of items you need, and share it with a caregiver for future orders.

 

  1. Landscaping and Snow Removal Services

Keeping up with landscaping and snow removal can be a challenge for anyone. Neighborhood teens and landscaping companies can offer all-inclusive care across the changing seasons.

 

  1. Household Support

Pinpoint the help you’d like to receive with light housekeeping, laundry, or mail sorting. Develop a plan with a caregiver to make sure each task gets scheduled and managed effectively.

 

  1. Socialization Opportunities

Get together with friends, attend library programs and participate in social events sponsored by community centers. A vibrant calendar of activities prevents loneliness and provides fun outside the house.

 

  1. Companion Care

When you’d rather stay at home, companion care offered by home care agencies can be a great option. Companion programs feature regular visits from a caregiver eager to talk, listen and spend time doing activities you enjoy.

 

  1. Regular Physical Exercise

Regular exercise — working in the garden, walking in the park and attending fitness classes — can keep you feel more energized, achieve deeper sleep and renew your zest for what tomorrow will bring.

 

  1. Mental Stimulation

Play games and do puzzles to keep your mind sharp. Invite neighbors and family members for a game night, or ask a caregiver to print out crosswords or math challenges from favorite websites.

 

  1. Seeking Out Help

Asking for help when you need it is a sign of strength, so reach out to your support system early and often.

 

Achieve Independence With Home Helpers of Walnutport

 

We’re here to support seniors and their caregiving partners at every turn. Contact us today to learn more about programs and services that help you achieve independent living.