6 Ways to Support Independence at Home
Many elders are vulnerable, isolated, alone and often feel afraid. Together we can keep them safe, encourage a sense of community, and quell their fears.
We have put together a list of activities that your clients or family members can engage with to help them maintain their independence. Each activity supports a different area of independence: cognitive, physical, financial, emotional, social and purpose.
Puzzles, Reading and Art (Sketching, Adult Coloring Books)
Stay busy and away from the television, independently!
Warn seniors to beware of Telephone Scams,
Your favorite song in any location! Turn on the music and start moving in your chair or standing in place, get the blood flowing.
Encourage movement throughout the day.
Mail Sorting & Shredding:
Now is a good time to get organized! Fill an empty box with items to be shredded. For shredding guidelines visit the FTC.
Encourage seniors to keep all their unpaid bills in a safe spot.
Connect elders with grandchildren for story time – in person or virtually. It may also give parents a welcome break from entertaining their children. If the kids are too small to read, try singing or saying nursery rhymes.
If you don’t live close by, Zoom or Facetime allow for face-to-face interaction.
Video & Phone Calls- Stay connected by inviting the extended family to pick a time slot over the next few weeks to reach out to your loved one.
Signup Genius or a family calendar offer ways to be sure your loved one has someone new each day reaching out.
Trip Down Memory Lane:
This Memory Lane exercise is a two-way street. Seniors pick photos from around their home and write a story to their kids/grandkids and vice versa.
To help limit the feeling of isolation, encourage family members to check in on their seniors daily.