Why Independence is Important
What You Can Do
When we see an elderly relative struggling to carry out simple tasks, it’s the first reaction to take over and do it for them. However, we should respect their independence and let them do it until they ask for help. This doesn’t mean you can’t do the little things for your elderly relative, just don’t make it a habit. Although it seems like a meaningless job to you, your elderly relative sees it as independence and exercise. If you take that away from them, you may cause unnecessary friction and stress.
Making adaptions to the home can help elderly relatives maintain their independence. For example, you can install grab rails, access ramps, and adjust bathroom fixtures. Making simple alterations and removing trip hazards will help to traverse the room safely and independently.