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How to Help Your Loved Ones Grow Older With Dignity


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iStock-1092112400.jpgWhen a loved one requires home care assistance in Vancouver, it is important to understand that this can sometimes be difficult for them to accept. For many, it can feel like a loss of dignity and freedom to suddenly not be able to perform the tasks they are used to doing alone.  Many seniors do not like asking for help or feeling that they need to rely on others.

Here, we outline a few tips to help you understand how to help your loved ones grow older with dignity.

1. Involve them in care decisions.

If your loved one needs home care from a Vancouver agency, be sure that they are involved in the choice. Listen to their opinions, and take their concerns seriously. Many older people don't want to seem to make a fuss, or cause work or expense for others.  Reassurance and gentle guidance can make the arrangements customized to their needs and preferences.

2. Don't hover or smother them.

Remember that your loved one may only need help with certain tasks. Senior living experts in Vancouver say that you should offer assistance and make yourself available, but don't hover or try to do everything for them. This will only lead to frustration and resentment on both sides. Allow the option to come to you when needed, but to maintain as much autonomy as is safe and reasonable.

3. Don't take anything personally.

There will likely be times when your loved ones are grumpy or difficult, and it's easy to take these outbursts personally. However, do your best to remember that their feelings aren't about you. They could be feeling embarrassed or frustrated with themselves and may just be communicating these feelings to the person closest.

You can gently talk about these issues when you're both calm, but try not to respond with anger or frustration of your own.

Aging Can Be Difficult

Growing old isn't easy, but you can help your loved ones maintain their dignity with the tips listed above. If you feel that you need extra support, don't hesitate to contact Home Instead Senior Care.

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