Promotion vs. Maintenance of Independence

by | Sep 15, 2015 | Resources | 0 comments

Ways to Promote Independence

Non-medical home care aides in the promotion of a person’s independence by providing opportunities for the person to maintain a better quality of life.

Encourage him to do things for himself, even if met with reluctance or stubbornness.

  • Provide opportunities for exercise and activities.
  • Encourage a healthy diet. A healthy lifestyle encourages independence through fighting decline.
  • Support brain health through social interaction and games that stretch the mind.
  • Be patient with the slowness of movements or mental connections, and wait for him to do it or say it himself.

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Ways to Maintain Independence

Maintenance of independence is making sure the person in your care is given the tools to follow through with her willingness to do something for herself. Examples include:

  • Provide or arrange for transportation for running errands and attending social functions.
  • Assist with home safety adaptations such as bathroom grab bars, hand rails, adequate lighting, home accessibility and furniture placement.
  • Research assistive devices such as medication reminder devices, products to assist with specific disabilities and gadgets to make everyday activities such as opening a jar or holding a utensil easier.
  • Ask for consultation from professionals on medications, resources in the community, and guidance when the future is in question.

Virginia Home Care Partners is here to help with your non-medical home care needs.  Please contact us to let us know how we may partner in your success.

About Karen Koudelka

Owner and Administrator of Virginia Home Care Partners

Her connection with seniors began at an early age. “The elderly are my kind of people.” Karen has fourteen years of professional experience in both hospice and home care, she is devoted to her mission to Love people, Journey together and Make a difference. Partnership of excellence is her pursuit and joy.

Karen is a Positive Approach to Care Dementia Certified Independent Trainer.
Walking with her father through his journey with dementia inspired her to positively impact the lives of individuals living with dementia and their families.