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5 Ways to Help the Elderly Preserve Their Dignity

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Living with certain physical and mental health conditions may require receiving help from family members, friends, and outside caregivers. However, this can be extremely hard on older adults who were once independent. Helping your senior loved one preserve his or her dignity allows him or her to adjust to new health changes with a sense of independence and respect. 

1. Recognize Them as People

Your loved one was once a strong man or woman who ran a household, raised a family, held an important job, was a community leader, and/or enjoyed hobbies. Just because your loved one retired and the family has moved out doesn’t mean he or she isn’t still a person. Keeping this in mind as you provide care can help you view your loved one with more respect. 

Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging to manage over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care Ft. Lauderdale seniors can depend on.

2. Ask for Preferences

Your loved one might need help to get dressed and eat, but it doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t have opinions anymore. Make sure you or other caregivers ask for your loved one’s preferences as they help him or her. Choosing what to wear, what foods to eat, what to listen to or watch on TV, or what park to visit provides a sense of control in life. 

3. Consider Outside Help

If your loved one needs help with intimate issues such as changing a diaper or bathing, you may want to consider using an outside caregiver for help. While many seniors are pragmatic about intimate concerns and are fine with family members caring for them, some may not be able to mentally accept a child or a grandchild helping. Using a trained caregiver may be preferable in this situation. 

When searching for reliable Galt Ocean Mile home care agencies, families want to know their senior loved one will be well taken care of. At Home Care Assistance, our expertly trained caregivers are available around the clock to assist with tasks around the house, provide transportation to medical appointments and social events, and much more.

4. Be Patient & Kind

You may become frustrated when caring for your loved one when he or she spills food, moves slowly when you are already late for an appointment, or gets angry due to a mental health condition. Take a deep breath and remember your loved one once patiently cared for you and needs help now. Your loved one was patient with you in your younger years when you spilled food, were slow-moving, or threw a tantrum. Now it’s your turn to show patience and tenderness with your loved one as he or she once did. 

5. Find a Support Group or Counselor 

Experiencing caregiver burnout, the feelings of frustration, lack of energy, and sadness many caregivers feel when caring for a loved one too long, can lead to treating a senior with less dignity and respect. Take time to care for yourself by joining a support group or talking with a counselor. Getting out your feelings, feeling listened to, and addressing your joys and concerns with others can make it easier to provide proper care and treat your loved one with the dignity he or she deserves.

Receiving compassionate care helps older adults maintain good physical, mental, and emotional health and allows them to live with dignity. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea home care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers. Call Home Care Assistance at (954) 909-0370 to set up a free in-home consultation today.