Remaining as independent as possible for seniors is extremely vital and important. This is true for all seniors, whether they are in a skilled nursing, memory care, or independent/assisted living community. Helping senior's be as independent as they want to be, will help them thrive, no matter what situation they may be in. Independence helps senior's stay in control of something over their life. This helps them create success and reach achievements in their lives which in turn promotes self-worth.
Many senior living communities have amenities that may help out seniors due to physical or cognitive limitations. However, it is important to remember to have them help you with whatever daily tasks they are still able to do. This could be folding towels, grocery shopping, etc. If they can be active in their own care plan, they will have more success, remain independent, and be more willing to participate in other important conversation regarding their care. By helping them remain independent and active in their cares, we can also increase their physical strength and balance. By doing everything for them, they will lose this vital piece to their health.
The importance of independence is also true for those with memory care issues. When they participate in daily tasks such as cleaning, putting away dishes, folding towels, or even simple baking tasks, it will help spark their memories and create that self-worth. With routine, we can help preserve their memory and remain physically active. The Views of Cedar Rapids & Marion, help our memory care residents remain as independent as possible. With our way finding path and visual cues, they may not always need our caregivers for direction, although we are always there to assist.
By following these key strategies we can set up our loved ones for success. Reach out to one of our Views Senior Living Communities to find out how we are helping our senior's thrive.