Whether we are aging, adjusting to life after a surgery, or living with limited mobility of some sort, we all have different definitions and expectations when it comes to independence. What’s important is that we are able to communicate our expectation with our families and caretakers and that we ask and listen to the definitions provided to us.
For example, many people who see their parents aging assume that passing off household tasks or chores to hired help is a burden lifted. But it can be quite the opposite for the parent who may view those tasks as part of their daily routine and even something enjoyable. As long as the chores aren’t dangerous (cleaning gutters or windows, perhaps) and can be done safely, aging parents can continue to perform them.
To help your loved one maintain their sense of independence, have them map out their weekly schedule. This will give you some insight into what activities they value doing and give you an idea on what can be delegated or eliminated without your loved one feeling impeded. It may take some trial and error to get this process moving smoothly, but there’s a lot to be gained by this exercise. The loved one will see their week at a glance and budget time and energy accordingly, while having something each day to look forward to. You will have the benefit of knowing what their plans are for the week and where they may need some assistance from you or others.
At Ease Living, we curate a special collection of tools and devices that make independence easier, whatever your definition is. From dressing without assistance, to getting out of the car or bed, as well as medication reminders and other handy items that many people don’t even know exist! Take a look through our store and find helpful, carefully selected assistance devices to keep you or your loved one as independent as possible.