One of our main goals at Senior Helpers is to focus on what your aging loved one CAN do, not what they cannot do.
We know as family members and caregivers that this goal is not always an easy one to achieve. It can be difficult to see the positive in negative situations, but we are here to help you learn to adjust certain situations to help seniors maintain their independence!
Grooming and Hygiene – If your aging loved one has difficulties standing for long periods of time, making it difficult for them to wash their hands, brush their teeth, or comb their hair at the bathroom vanity, try placing a chair in the bathroom and lowering the mirror so your loved one can sit while they get ready in the morning or at night. It is also a good idea to have a seat and a safety bar in the shower to make bathing easier!
Meal Preparations – If your elderly loved one is having a hard time remembering to add ingredients, or you are worried about them using the stove, try switching to recipes that require fewer ingredient or colder dishes. While everyone loves a hot meal, your senior can prep the salad or prepare a side dish while you cook the main dish. As long as they are helping, they are active!
House work – Cleaning a home is never an easy task, so it may require some teamwork. Perhaps your aging loved one can fold clothes, if you put them away in the drawers. Maybe your senior could dust while you vacuum. The less physically demanding tasks are probably the best ones.
You can make tweaks to almost every activity! All you need is a little patience, creativity, and teamwork!