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Helping a Senior Feel Empowered

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Many seniors struggle with feeling powerless over the changes that occur as they advance in age. New health conditions, changes in their abilities and losing loved ones can all make it seem as though a senior adult has little control over the events in their life. However, it is possible to help a senior loved one to renew their sense of empowerment by focusing on the strengths that they can use in every aspect of their lives, while helping them find new ways to reinforce their identity.

  • Celebrate Milestones – It is easy for a senior to overlook the progress they have made in the face of adversity, and losing sight of one’s strengths is a common reason for a senior to feel a loss of power. Counteract this pitfall by celebrating milestones such as a senior adult’s arrival home from a rehabilitation center or their first time getting dressed without assistance. If you have an aging parent or loved one who requires additional assistance, learn more about post-hospital care in Vancouver, allowing a highly trained caregiver to assist with activities of daily living while promoting feelings of self worth for the patient.
  • Promote Independence – When a senior loses their independence, they will also lose their sense of power. While a senior adult may not always be able to do everything they once could by themselves, they can still make independent choices or complete a task with assistance. Make sure to allow the senior to be as involved in their daily routine as possible. Even deciding what to eat for breakfast can help a senior to feel empowered.
  • Discover a New Skill – A person is never too old to learn something new, and discovering new skills can contribute to self-confidence and empowerment. Encourage active seniors to enroll in a class where they can explore a new hobby. Those who prefer to stay home can also listen to online lectures or watch how-to videos as they work on their new skills.
  • Surround Them with Support – When a senior adult is surrounded by supportive family members and friends, they will be better able to maintain a positive outlook when faced with challenging periods in their lives. Be sure to have a companion or family member available to check in on a senior each day. Just knowing that support is a phone call or few hours away can allow a senior to feel empowered to tackle even the toughest of challenges. If you would like to learn more about professional and compassionate in-home companions and caregivers in Vancouver, click here.

At Home Care Assistance, it is our goal to change the way the world age. Not only are we helping seniors remain in comfort of their own homes as they age, we are delivering high quality care with the utmost dignity and respect. To learn more about our Vancouver home care services, please dial 778-279-3634 to speak with a devoted Care Manager. We also offer complimentary no obligation consultations if you would like to discuss the specific needs of your aging loved one.