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Promoting Self-Worth and Independence in Seniors

Learn tips to help promote independence in seniors.

“Hold on – let me help.”

“Don’t over-exert yourself!”

“You just sit down and rest; I’ll take care of that.”

How often have we said things such as these to seniors without thinking?  We want to do anything possible to assist our older loved ones, to ensure their safety and to look after them in the same way they took care of us when we were children. However, there’s a hidden hazard in trying to do too much for older adults and denying them the opportunity to do as much as possible on their own – the danger of damaging senior self-esteem and sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Take, for instance, a senior gentleman who spent his entire life taking care of his family, and now has entered into the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Given that he has always self-identified as a provider, becoming dependent on another person to provide for him can be quite challenging and even feel demeaning. It’s critical to help him preserve the sense of being needed by others, and there are a number of ways to achieve this. Try these guidelines from New Horizons In-Home Care to help promote self-worth and independence in seniors:

  • Obtain guidance. Being provided with the opportunity to share knowledge and wisdom is a great boost to a senior’s self-esteem, and there is certainly a lot we can learn from older adults. Think of small ways throughout the day to ask the older person’s advice on how to make a perfect pan of lump-free gravy, how to fix the draft coming in underneath the windowsill, how to soothe a cranky baby, etc.
  • Find hands-on assistance. As in-home caregivers, it is our responsibility to support seniors with assorted needs, but we also recognize the value of allowing seniors their own tasks and responsibilities. It doesn’t need to be a monumental project in order to maintain the feeling of being needed. Be aware of the senior’s cognitive and physical limitations, and request his/her help accordingly. For instance, a senior who is in a wheelchair can sit at the table and help with meal preparation tasks, polish silverware, or sort hardware in a toolbox.
  • Verbally demonstrate your respect. While you may assume the senior knows how you feel, it’s a wonderful feeling to be told how much we mean to one another. Take time to point out specific ways the older individual has assisted you in some manner and how much you appreciate that help, from learning to drive a car, to parenting techniques, to the ability to draw or paint or carve wood. Be truthful in your compliments, and speak them frequently, from your heart.

A qualified in-home caregiver, such as those at New Horizons In-Home Care, is adept in sustaining the delicate balance between supplying care for older individuals and boosting their sense of purpose and meaning. Contact us to learn more about our senior care in Eugene and the surrounding areas, or to schedule a free in-home consultation for your senior loved one.

Find a Better Life Balance When Caring for Senior Parents

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Caring for senior parents is easier with a trusted care partner.

Are your senior parents in need of help at home? While providing that help, are you also trying to facilitate looking after children and family at home? If so, you are part of the sandwich generation – a demographic of people, commonly in their thirties or forties, who have found themselves responsible for raising their own children and caring for their aging parents. The to-do lists of today’s sandwich generation are loaded. Countless family caregivers not only work full-time, but are at the same time shuttling their children to and from activities and taking care of the needs of the household on top of their caregiving obligations. There are solutions to aid caregivers, however, and the initial step is becoming knowledgeable on how to make life more manageable. Continue Reading →

How to Pay for Home Care Supplies and Equipment

Do you think your aging loved one could benefit from more safeguards in the shower or bathtub? Does he or she require a walker or rollator to move around? If that’s the case, it’s very likely that you’ll soon be looking to buy the in-home assistive devices that so many families depend on to keep seniors safe. It’s also likely that you’re wondering how to cover the expense for these assistive items, and if any of them may be covered under Medicare or insurance.

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Keeping seniors safe at home often requires special home care equipment.

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Tips To Purchase Home Care Equipment That Keeps Seniors Safe

Home care safety devices can make life easier for senior loved ones.

All through aging, assistive home care devices can make day-to-day life around the house less complicated and less hazardous. There’s a broad selection of assistive equipment solutions for home care available today that can boost senior safety and help seniors remain much more comfortable at home. At New Horizons In-Home Care, our experts in home care in Albany and the surrounding areas would like to provide you with some insider advice for picking out and utilizing some of the most widely used pieces of home care equipment Continue Reading →

Dementia Wandering Solutions: Tips to Help Increase Safety

Dementia wandering solutions can be easily implemented at home to increase safety.

Of all the outcomes of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, perhaps one of the most concerning is the individual’s tendency for wandering, together with the potential dangers which may arise in the event the senior becomes disoriented or lost. Wandering may occur when the older adult is:  Continue Reading →

Making Your Home Dementia-Friendly is as Easy as A B C

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When making your home dementia-friendly, follow the ABCs.

If an older adult you adore has been diagnosed with dementia, your top concerns are probably his / her safety and wellbeing. The good news is that with a couple of adjustments around the house, it is possible to create a dementia-friendly environment that encourages continued independence for your family member, while keeping safety top of mind. Continue Reading →

Warning Signs of Vision Loss in Seniors

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Know the signs of vision loss in seniors and seek an assessment from an eye care professional.

Talking about health concerns is hard for many seniors. They might think their health issues are their own concern and no one else’s, or they could be afraid that if they admit to experiencing problems, they might compromise their ability to maintain their independence. This is oftentimes the situation when it comes to vision loss.

A senior who is experiencing difficulty with vision may do his or her best to conceal the issue from family and friends. Because of this, it’s beneficial to know how to identify changes in behaviors and physical appearance that could signify the senior ought to make an appointment with his/her doctor or eye care professional. Be on the lookout for these red flags that could be signs of vision loss:

  • Running into items, stumbling, moving very carefully or touching the wall while walking
  • Appearing to be visually confused in a familiar place
  • Under-reaching or over-reaching for items
  • Stopping certain enjoyable activities like reading, watching television, driving, walking, or participating in hobbies
  • Tilting the head or squinting to see, or holding reading material closer to the face
  • Struggling to identify faces, objects or colors
  • Stains on clothing or outfit color combinations that do not match
  • Looking for more or different kinds of lighting for reading or other activities
  • Having trouble cutting or serving food, or knocking over glasses

Also, if the senior complains about the following items, it could be a sign of losing vision:

  • Pointing out halos or rings around lights, or witnessing spots in front of his or her eyes
  • Expressing pain in the eyes
  • Having diminished night vision, double or distorted vision

Losing vision does not have to mean a loss of self-reliance. With a little help from New Horizons In-Home Care and our experts in home care in Salem, seniors with vision problems can continue to safely enjoy all that life has to offer. We offer transportation and accompaniment services, meal preparation, house cleaning, errand-running, and much more, permitting older adults to age at home where they are most comfortable, to maintain the routines to which they’re accustomed, and to enjoy enhanced socialization. Contact our compassionate care team any time to learn more about our top-rated home care in Salem or one of these surrounding communities: Eugene: 541-687-8851, Corvallis: 541-752-9059, Salem: 503-400-3000, or Florence: 541-997-8115.

Low or Reduced Vision in Seniors: Home Modifications to Maintain Safety

Modifying the house for seniors with reduced vision can improve safety.

When you think about our senses, our vision is most likely the one for which we are most thankful. A great deal of our life’s experiences are a result of the things we see in the world around us. Our sense of vision also shields us from a wide range of dangers. Low or reduced vision can make it more difficult to steer clear of the dangers and barriers we encounter, both within and outside of the home.

If you are caring for a loved one who contends with low vision, an innovative use of colors and contrasts can raise the senior’s level of safety and autonomy. It’s not as complicated as you may think! For instance, keep these techniques in mind:

  • Solid, vibrant colors like orange, red, and yellow are best for reflecting light, and therefore are easiest to see.
  • Light-colored items set against darker-colored backgrounds give heightened contrast. For example, putting a white sheet of paper on a brown desk stands out much more than on an off-white surface.
  • In the same way, dark items are easier to see against light-colored backgrounds. A deep blue chair can be seen best when placed against a lighter-colored wall.
  • When placing furniture and other things in the home, bear in mind that certain colors are so similar that distinguishing between them can be a struggle for people with low vision. The most common color combinations that cause problems are:
  • Black, brown, and navy
  • Green, blue, and purple
  • Yellow, pink, and light green
  • Utilizing light-reflecting tape or brightly colored paint on the top edge of the first and last steps on a stairway can help them stand out.
  • Hallway runners in bright, solid colors can help more clearly define walking pathways.

Naturally, before implementing any changes in a senior loved one’s home who suffers with low vision problems, it’s necessary to keep that person’s wishes and feelings in mind. A senior dealing with vision loss is most likely facing a wide array of fears, like a reduced sense of control over his/her life decisions, reduced independence and privacy, and the fear that people may see him or her in a different way. The individual may also feel overwhelmed or anxious about what the future has in store, and resistant to share his or her thoughts. Remaining sensitive to these feelings instead of just brushing them aside can make a substantial impact.

If a senior loved one in your life is struggling with low vision challenges, call on the Salem home care team at New Horizons In-Home Care for help and resources. We’d be pleased to set up a free in-home evaluation and work with you to put together an appropriate care plan to keep the senior safe and thriving at home. Reach out to us any time in Eugene: 541-687-8851, Corvallis: 541-752-9059, Salem: 503-400-3000, or Florence: 541-997-8115  and let our compassionate care team share how we can help!

Customer Reviews

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Customer Testimonials

J. M. May 4, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The people I've worked with have been so straightforward and honest. They really care about how it's going. The caregiver is very understanding, knowledgeable. He can see ahead and makes some suggestions. I can leave if I need without the least bit of worry. He is really proactive, I know he cares and trust him impeccably.

Pamela V. April 9, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
I like how nice the caregivers are. The office staff is prompt on getting somebody out here when it is needed and the caregivers make me feel better than what I am. They are willing to do anything I ask of them.

Barbara W. February 2, 2020

Corvallis, Or Client
We are happy to have them because they do well. They come when they are supposed to and do what they are supposed to. They do things that we didn't know we needed. They assess the situation well and plan for the right care. They are very dependable and thorough and are very friendly and helpful. We're very satisfied.

Candice S. April 1, 2020

Salem, Or Client
They are very helpful and on time with things. They do what they say they are going to do. They will talk to me and help me when needed. I don't have to wait forever to pick up my calls and they are quick to get back to me. It has been positive.

Sharon R. April 01, 2020

Salem, Or Client
The caregivers will do anything that we ask of them. They have been very convenient. and are able to be here and do things for us that we cannot do.

O.H. February 14, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The caregiver they sent me is awesome. People in the office staff are friendly and they know what they are talking about. The case manager, is a wonderful person and she knows her job. If I need something, all I have to do is call them.

Mary B. April 01, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
It has taken a great load off of our shoulders, especially mine. It has helped my health as well and gives my husband some social time. They are really good at scheduling around our schedule and are matched very well to his needs. We always recommend them to others who need care.

Denise B. March 02, 2020

Salem, Or Client
My caregiver is wonderful. I wish I could have more time. They do so much for me that I can't do for myself. They spend a few minutes to talk with me and be social. They are very open, caring, patient, outgoing, understanding, and kind people. If I need help with anything they will always help me. They are so helpful. I don't know what I'd do without their services.

Gail P. February 13, 2020

Florence Or,
The office staff found the right person for us. They check in regularly. What we need is someone who could do the cleaning and we have that. I like the fact that they have provided the kind of assistance that we needed. The caregiver we have is excellent.

Barbara N. February 12, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
They are courteous, respectful, and serve good food, and do everything we ask. They did all of their duties and everything was done in a timely manner. They were very helpful.
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