Some seniors feel receiving in-home care will lead to the loss of independence and dignity. However, family caregivers can take a respectful approach to the care they provide. Here are a few suggestions to help your elderly loved one maintain a sense of dignity, provided by the at-home care experts at Lancaster Home Care Assistance.
Always knock on your loved one’s door before entering the room, and allow your him or her to dress and undress without your assistance if he or she is physically able to complete the task. When your loved one uses the restroom, stand on the other side of the room or in the hallway. Although you want to make sure your loved one remains safe, you also want to offer some privacy and avoid making him or her feel uncomfortable. Your loved one’s needs for assistance with daily tasks may change over time, but his or her need for respect and dignity will not.
Plan Successful Outings
Without realizing it, some family caregivers in Lancaster plan outings that set their loved ones up for failure, leading to isolation, depression, and stress. However, you can plan successful outings that allow your loved one to maintain dignity while welcoming a change of pace to the normal daily routine. Plan your loved one’s outings with these strategies in mind:
- Make sure the distance is manageable
- Eat at restaurants where the food is easy to chew, cut, and digest
- Go out during a time of day when your loved one is in good spirits
Use Therapeutic Fibbing
As your loved one ages, he or she is at a higher risk of age-related health problems, including memory loss, impaired vision, and reduced bone muscle, which can prevent him or her from completing normal daily activities. Therapeutic fibbing is a strategy you can use to protect your loved one’s dignity when telling the truth would cause emotional pain. For example, if your loved one has limited mobility and wants to drive to the grocery store, tell him or her the car keys have been misplaced and offer a ride because you “need to get out of the house for a little while.”
Be Aware of Your Tone
Even though it may feel natural to use parental tones when providing Lancaster, PA, elder care for a senior loved one, this behavior should be avoided because your tone may come across as condescending and disrespectful. If you are helping your loved one with tasks like bathing, dressing, and eating, you do not want to make him or her feel like a child. Speak to your loved one as an equal, and never use patronizing words when communicating with him or her.
Maintaining dignity is crucial for a senior’s emotional wellbeing. If your loved one needs help with daily activities but is afraid of losing independence, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate caregivers are available 24/7 to provide the care your loved one needs and encourage him or her to live as independently as possible. In addition to our respite and live-in care services, we also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia care Lancaster, PA, seniors trust. For more information, please call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (717) 540-4663.