Independence is an important concept to virtually anyone, and this does not change with age. In fact, encouraging a sense of independence and autonomy is a critical part of supporting their well-being and quality of life. Many elderly adults struggle with challenges and limitations that keep them from feeling as though they are able to be as independent as they want to be as they age.
As their family caregiver, you can help your parent to maintain a greater sense of independence through your care efforts.
This includes making modifications to their home and daily life to help them take on more of their own responsibilities safely and effectively. The kitchen is one area of the home that can be particularly challenging for an elderly adult, but there are many gadgets and tools available that can help them to take on their own tasks in ways that manage challenges and preserve safety.
Some gadgets your parent can use to encourage independence in the kitchen include:
Choppers. Knives can be unwieldy and dangerous for elderly adults struggling with mobility issues time of weakness, and lack of range of motion in their hands, as well as cognitive functioning decline. Small choppers allow your parents to put food in or under a container and press down on a button that chops while keeping the blade far away from their hands.
Individual coffee makers. A cup of coffee is the start of the day for many people, but making an entire pot of coffee can not only be wasteful but also potentially dangerous. An individual cup coffee maker is easier to use and produces only one cup of coffee. This is not only more manageable but less dangerous.
Ergonomic measuring containers. Some measuring cups and spoons are difficult to hold and use. Look for versions that are clear or have a tilted bottom to make it easier to measure out ingredients accurately.
Measurement reminder charts. Especially if your senior is struggling with cognitive function decline, they may no longer remember how to convert measurements. A laminated chart featuring measurements and they’re conversions, such as how many tablespoons go into a cup, can help your parent handle recipes more easily.
Starting elder care for your aging loved one is one of the best ways you can encourage their independence. While it may seem strange to think about encouraging independence by increasing the amount of care they receive, the highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider can actually help to boost your senior’s sense of autonomy, even while helping them manage their challenges and limitations.
As a family caregiver, knowing your parent has access to this care can reduce your stress and help you feel more confident encouraging your loved one to stay engaged in their daily life and experience a stronger sense of control as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elder Care in Berwyn, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
Call today: (484) 206-4544
Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.