Independence is an important concept for all people. Elderly adults tend to lose their sense of independence as they get older and begin to experience challenges and limitations. This is particularly applicable to those who experience greater challenges and limitations due to health problems such as Parkinson’s disease. Losing a sense of independence can cause serious mental and emotional health consequences, and diminished quality of life. Finding ways to boost your parents independence in their daily life, such as in their personal grooming, can help them to continue to feel relevant and autonomous. This will support better mental and emotional health as they age in place, and make their progression through Parkinson’s disease smoother for both of you.
Use these grooming tips to help boost independence for an elderly adult who is living with Parkinson’s disease:
- Encourage your aging parents to sit down while completing grooming tasks. Adding a bench or chair to the bathroom, or making one easily accessible so that it can be brought into the bathroom, allows your parent to sit while they brush their hair, brush their teeth, shave, do their makeup, or complete other tasks. This gives them greater stability and reduces the risk that they will lose their balance and fall.
- Encourage your aging parent to conserve their energy and find more stability by leaning on the counter while brushing their teeth, brushing their hair, or completing other grooming tasks. It is common for seniors with Parkinson’s disease to experience weakness and fatigue in the arms, shoulders, and neck, and leaning this way can help reduce this impact.
- Use electric versions of toothbrushes or razors instead of manual ones. They are more effective and take less time.
If your aging parent has developed new challenges and limitations, your own schedule or abilities have changed and you can no longer give them the care that they need, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the time to consider elderly care. An elderly home care services provider can tailor a set of highly personalized services specifically to your parents as an individual. This means that they can give them the type of care, assistance, and support that they need to manage their challenges and limitations while also supporting a lifestyle that is as active, independent, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. Through these services, your senior can remain happier, safer, and healthier while you have more time, energy, and flexibility to manage at the other needs in your life. This can be particularly beneficial if you are part of the sandwich generation caring for your aging parent as well as your children, or if your parents challenges are more extensive than you feel capable of managing comfortably and successfully.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider senior care provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.