Independence is an important concept for people of all ages, including elderly adults. No matter what types of struggles and difficulties your parent is dealing with, a sense of independence and autonomy is a critical element of protecting their mental and emotional health and supporting a high quality of life throughout their later years. While there are many issues that might threaten their independence, one that impacts a wide variety of functions and elements of their daily life is balance.
September 18 through 24 is Balance Awareness Week. This is the perfect time for you as a family caregiver to evaluate how balance can negatively impact your parent’s quality of life and sense of independence, and what you can do to help them to maintain better balance throughout their later years.
Some of the ways that balance can impact your parent’s independence include:
• Navigating their home. Compromised balance makes it more difficult for your parent to utilize certain features of their home, such as steps or sunken rooms. This can limit how much of their home they can use or how safely they can use it.
• Performing certain tasks. Tasks such as taking out the trash, doing laundry, washing dishes, and tidying can all be affected by loss of balance. This can not only make it difficult for your parent to care for their home and feel independent in these activities, but can also put them at risk of suffering a fall and serious consequences because of them.
• Bathing safely. Often the first place that a senior notices how severely their balance problems affect them is in the bathroom. They may struggle to get in and out of the bath or shower safely, or may experience a fall. This can leave them needing support and assistance to handle these tasks comfortably, effectively, and safely.
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them in the course of your caregiver journey. A senior home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they have access to all of the care, support, and assistance that they need while still fostering a sense of independence and keeping you at the front of their care routine. Through a highly personalized set of services, this care provider can address your parent’s individual challenges, limitations, and needs in a way that is right for them. This helps them to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy, and to pursue a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. As a family caregiver this gives you confidence and peace of mind that your parent is getting everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not able to be.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider caregivers provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.