Independence. It’s a core value of our country, and so important to each of us as individuals. It’s also something we may take for granted, unless we’re faced with losing it. And that’s exactly what many seniors fear most about aging: reaching a point where their independence is compromised, and it’s necessary to rely on others to meet their most basic needs.
At Nightingale Homecare, we’re well aware of the intrinsic need of each individual to maintain independence, and we make it a top priority to preserve the autonomy of the seniors in our care. Here are just a few ways we’re helping older adults enhance self-sufficiency:
- Technology. We’re privileged to live in a generation of exploding technological advances, many of which help seniors stay safer, more engaged and active, and better connected to friends and family. Medical alert systems give seniors a sense of comfort in knowing help is available at the press of a button should they fall or experience a sudden emergency. Computers, smartphones, and social media programs like Skype and Facebook open up a whole new world for older adults to try an online class, research particular areas of interest, play games, shop for gifts, visit “in person” with those living at a distance, and so much more.
- Home modifications. Adapting the home for aging can run the gamut from something as simple as adding grab bars in the bathroom, removing throw rugs to avoid slips and falls, and rearranging furniture to allow for wheelchair access, to more advanced modifications like installing wheelchair-accessible showers and kitchen equipment. Since it can be confusing with so many options available, Nightingale Homecare offers free in-home assessments with suggested adaptations specific to each individual’s needs.
- Personal care. Surprisingly, one of the best ways to help seniors remain independent is through enlisting the services of a professional in-home caregiver. Caregivers can provide the accompaniment and transportation that allow homebound seniors the opportunity to once again get out and about. They can also assist with housework, meal planning and preparation, and other tasks around the home, as well as personal care and hygiene, so older adults can enjoy the comfort of their own homes and avoid the traumatic experience of moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility.
In this season of celebrating our independence, why not give Nightingale Homecare a call and learn more about how our Phoenix home care services are helping seniors enhance their safety, wellbeing and overall quality of life? You can reach us any time at 602-504-1555 or by completing our brief online contact form.