When caring for an older loved one, people often feel the need to do everything they can to make sure their loved one is taken care of, including the tasks that the care recipient is capable of doing himself or herself. However, there is a difference between providing care for someone and doing everything for him or her. Many older adults, while in need of assistance, still want to maintain their independence as much as possible. Taking over tasks for an older loved one may seem helpful, but it can often have a negative effect. As a caregiver, you should strive to promote the independence of your loved one, not take over everything.
Why is promoting independence in older adults so important?
- It allows them to be seen as individuals who are still capable of making a contribution to society.
- It gives them a sense of achievement and self-worth.
- It helps them feel that they are not dependent on help from others and can still do something for themselves.
- It fights frustration and feelings of futility.
It often helps to put yourself in your loved one’s shoes when figuring out how much help you need to provide. For example, how would you feel if there were things you could do, but weren’t allowed to because someone else had taken over? Allowing your loved one to do things for himself or herself when and where possible provides a sense of purpose and can make the person feel less helpless.
Home care agencies, like Reliable Caregivers of San Francisco, help your loved ones remain safe at home while promoting independence and a sense of self-worth that is so vital. Our expert caregivers are skilled at providing the right amount of care that allows loved ones to remain safe, happy, and healthy at home, while maintaining their independence. Call us at 415-436-0100 for a confidential discussion about your caregiving needs.