Maintaining Independence in a Retirement Home

It is important for seniors to maintain as much independence as possible as they age. When living in a retirement home it can be easy for seniors to sit back and relax while staff fix your meals and clean your apartment, but sitting back and letting everyone else take over can take it’s toll on their independence. Keeping busy is a good way to keep up cognitive and physical skills, and helpful in keeping depression at bay. This not only helps the seniors but also helps their caregivers as well. Whatever a senior can do for themselves means one less thing their family to worry about. Here are some ways that seniors can help themselves maintain their independence:

Encourage them to keep up with their hobbies and interests. Maybe they are still members of clubs or groups that meet up on a weekly or monthly basis. If they volunteered anywhere, encourage them to keep going. Staying social and maintaining a social schedule is important too. It gets them out of their apartment, staying engaged in the community (even if its just a social hour within the retirement home) and having new experiences.

It is important that they stay as physically active as possible. This will ensure a better health all around, from getting sick less, to being able to take care of their own personal care. When a senior has to be admitted to the hospital, they say it is best to get up and walk around as soon as possible so that they do not lose any muscle mass.

Maintaining a regular routine is also a good way to keep their independence. Encourage them to do their own activities of daily living as possible, such as their own personal hygiene and grooming, doing their own laundry and making meals if possible. Whatever it is that they can continue doing with little to no assistance should be encouraged. Maybe they would like to do their own grocery shopping but just need a ride to the store, maybe they would like to use the local library but just need a weekly reminder to return the books they are finished with. This really is the best thing that family can do for their loved one – stand back and let them see what they can do for themselves.

In the end, it is best to encourage them to keep in a routine however, when this cannot be done regularly it is encouraged to outsource help. Not all family members are accessible for this type of help therefore, hiring Blue Sky PSWs is encouraged. Each PSW is carefully screened prior to being hired and each client is paired with a PSW who is best compatible. Remember you do not need to go it alone. We are here to help in any way possible. Call us today at (705) 498-1588 or email shannon@blueskypsws.com for more information.