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The Importance of Independence for Seniors

Published: Jul 2, 2012

No matter our age, we all strive for and enjoy independence. From the time we are born, our parents teach us how to care for ourselves until we reach adulthood and we begin the process of teaching our own children the value of doing things for themselves. Success, happiness and other life achievements are often the result of doing things on our own. Independence is instilled in us throughout life – and the desire to be independent does not diminish with age. If anything, it becomes more important to seniors.

The importance of being independent is twofold for seniors. Independence is sometimes the only thing seniors may feel they can control as certain aspects of their life change as they age. Additionally, maintaining independence promotes a sense of achievement that for many seniors generates a great sense of self-worth and wellbeing.

Often, seniors are able to live independently with little or no help at all. However, some need assistance due to physical or mental limitations that come with aging. In these cases, living home alone does not become a lost cause. Home health care companies, such as Comfort Keepers®, help seniors achieve independence for as long as possible. Caregivers assist clients in activities of daily living, such as grocery shopping, light cleaning, cooking and other activities that enable seniors to lead independent lives, safely at home.

As experts in the industry, Comfort Keepers understands that in order to maintain true levels of independence, it is important for seniors to be involved in their own care. When assisting clients, their Comfort Keepers do not come in and simply perform all duties for seniors in their care. Instead, caregivers employ a technique, called Interactive Caregiving™. This means they involve their clients in daily activities and duties, dependent on the client’s capabilities.

Some clients are able to help clean the house, participate in grocery shopping, cooking and other duties…and Comfort Keepers encourage clients to do so. Above and beyond performing duties together, Comfort Keepers also participate in other activities with clients, such as playing games, going for walks, eating meals together or simply engaging seniors in lively conversations.

Comfort Keepers encourage their clients to become involved in their own care because these types of activities actually foster a sense of purpose for the senior living alone. A sense of purpose facilitates feelings of accomplishment and maintains the very essence of independence for which seniors strive. For many seniors, the goal of independence — with a little help — can be achieved.

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