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Finding Ways To Help The Elderly Regain Their Independence

We recently came across a birthday card that read something along the lines of saying that studies show that people who celebrate the most birthdays tend to live the longest. The humorous way of communicating that growing old is a blessing is one that should be shared more often!

Of course, it isn’t untrue that with advanced ages come mobility issues. However, at Advantage Home Health Solutions, we don’t subscribe to the “loss of mobility = loss of independence” rationale. In fact, we believe the opposite is true. While a senior may require some assistance with his/her daily tasks, it doesn’t mean that he/she can’t find ways of acquiring that assistance independently.

We’re talking about wheelchairs, walkers, rollators and scooters all of these mobility solutions don’t just help the elderly get from one place to another, they help restore senses of self-confidence. Never let it be lost on you that older people are just that people. And, as a result, paying attention to their emotional health is every bit as important as assisting them with their physical capabilities. With that said, we do have a few other ideas about how you can help the elderly to regain their independence.

Help them to stay connected.

Sometimes, something as simple as a phone call is all that’s necessary to brighten the mood of your elderly loved one. In today’s world, keeping in touch generally requires a decent handle on advances on modern technology. In other words, get your elderly loved one a cell phone and be sure that he/she knows how to use it. It’s wise, of course, to get a simple and easy-to-use model that is ideal for older individuals.

“Cell phones are a great way to keep in touch and one of the key ways to help seniors retain their independence,” writes Neecey on, “This way if they need anything they can just call up the person or service they might require, and if they don’t have the number they can use the free directory service available on the network…Don’t forget, there are phones available with large buttons and large text to make them easier for seniors to use.”

Help them to help you!

To attend to the emotional well-being of seniors, it’s important that you get them to participate in regular everyday activities. “Encourage seniors to help with tasks they are able to perform, such as folding laundry and writing a grocery list,” recommends our friends at Comfort Keepers, “Play a game or work on a puzzle, read the paper over a morning cup of coffee or take a walk together after lunch. Shopping together provides another form of exercise and the chance to do something together.”

The mobility solutions offered by Advantage Home Health Solutions make it so that engaging in such activities is a lot easier for seniors with mobility issues. If you have any questions about the wheelchairs, walkers, rollators and scooters we have to offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them. Give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact Us page!

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