We recently celebrated the nation’s Independence Day, recognizing the day the United States declared its independence from England.
As we get older, we need to celebrate independence as well and work intelligently to maintain that independence. Each year, our physical limitations increase and we have to choose what we keep doing and what we start letting people help us with. And we balance that with making sure we stay mobile and don’t let our muscles and joints go bad. The use it or lose it phrase bears more truth as we age.
Non-medical caregivers are there to help you with some of these day to day things that can both sap your energy and put you at risk of a fall or an injury. Both of those could not only steal your independence while you recover from the injury, but the long term impact could permanently limit you from the fun things you still enjoyed, not just the tedious day to day items.
Those items would be things like, changing the bed linens, doing laundry, light housekeeping, making meals, transportation, med reminders and similar tasks that we do every day. Instead you could use your energy and effort to go to the rec center, gather with friends, relax and watch TV, play golf or whatever things you have fun doing.
I recently decided it was time for me to stop doing my landscaping. It was strange, but my free time is limited and I found that recovering from the landscaping work was taking longer and longer each year. Once I got used to it I recognized how much more I was able to do with my free time.
Caregivers aren’t looking to take a client’s independence but instead enhance it by lifting some of those day to day burdens. Our goal is to help you stay home as long as possible and be able to enjoy the time you’ve earned in your retirement.
If you think having someone help you or a loved one with these things and help you promote, preserve and manage your independence, give us a call and let’s talk about it.