One of the biggest battles you might face as your senior’s family caregiver is that she worries you’re trying to restrict her independence. Ultimately, you can only prove through your actions that you’re not planning to do that.
-Keep Her Informed
The more information that your aging adult has the better decisions she’ll be able to make. If she starts to feel as if you’re keeping information from her, she may start to back away. Your senior needs to know what is going on with all of the aspects of her life you’re handling for her. It’s not difficult to do and it can help her to feel as if you’re preserving her independence.
-Give Her Choices
Whenever possible, give your senior choices. No matter what is going on with her mental or physical health, there are choices that you can offer to your elderly family member. You might give her the choice between cereal and eggs for breakfast or between two different outfits for the day. Regardless of what those choices are, they can be powerful for your aging adult.
-Listen to Her
As your elderly family member shares with you how she feels about certain situations or topics, be sure to listen to her. Even if the best choice is something different than what she wants, really listening to her lets her know that you’re taking her concerns seriously. When you’re listening carefully, you can also anticipate her needs. For example, if she’s mentioning that driving is becoming more difficult, find other solutions, such as having senior care providers fill in as drivers for her.
-Respect When She Puts Her Foot Down, if Possible
If it’s safe and sane to do so, try to respect those times when your aging adult is firm about a decision she’s made. When that decision is unsafe or does not make sense, you may not be able to do this. But when it doesn’t affect her personal safety, let your senior take that win.
Your elderly family member may need some time to truly grasp that you do mean for her to stay as independent as possible. Give her that time to see what you’re showing to her so that you can both benefit.
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