When providing care for a loved one, it is easy to get into the habit of doing everything FOR the person rather than WITH the person. However, this well-intentioned behavior can actually have a negative influence on the person’s wellbeing. At Family Smartcare, our caregivers are trained on the importance of both promoting and maintaining independence with our clients.
Encouraging independence in a senior or disabled person involves two techniques: promotion of independence and maintenance of independence.
Promotion of a person’s independence entails providing opportunities for the person to maintain a better quality of life.
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:
Learn more about how our caregivers can make every day a meaningful day in the celebration of life for seniors and disabled persons. Our services include:
Sources: Elderly Care Tips, “Promoting and Maintaining Independence Whilst Caring for the Elderly” by Eric West