How To Help Your Parents Stay Independent As They Get Older

It’s always hard watching your parents get older and at some point, they will no longer be able to do things for themselves. At this point, you will need to step in and take care of them or arrange for somebody else to look after their needs. But before you reach that stage, it’s important that you find ways to help your aging parents maintain their independence. They might have trouble with certain tasks, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t do anything for themselves, and if you want them to have a good quality of life, you need to make sure that they can continue on their own for as long as possible. The good news is, there are a few simple things that you can do. These are some of the best ways to help aging parents maintain their independence. 

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Alterations To The Home 


Some simple alterations to the home can make life a lot easier for your aging parents, so they do not always need you there to help them out with basic tasks. Installing some support rails around the home, especially on the stairs, can make a huge difference. If they are really struggling with the stairs, you should consider a stairlift as well. Walk in baths are great too because they help to reduce fall risks. Making these simple alterations to their home means that your parents can continue to do things for themselves and you don’t need to worry about their safety. 


Mobility Equipment 


Getting around is often a big problem for older people, and they end up isolated in their homes. This is not good, and it can have a big impact on a person’s quality of life, so you need to help your parents out with mobility equipment. If you look at some different scooters and power chairs, you can find something that they can use to get around on their own, without your assistance. This will make a huge difference to their social life and their overall independence. 


Get Them A Cell Phone 


A lot of older people don’t bother with cell phones, but they are a very useful tool because they provide your parents with a lifeline in an emergency and they help to put your mind at ease as well. You don’t need to buy them the latest smartphone, just something simple that they can use to make calls and send messages, so you can always stay in touch with them and make sure that they are alright. Hopefully, if they are more connected and you can speak more often, your relationship will improve as well. 


Keep An Eye On Them 


Giving them their independence doesn’t mean that you don’t need to worry about your parents at all, and it’s still important that you keep an eye on them. There are certain signs that you need to watch out for so you can make sure that they are doing ok and they are in good health. Make sure to visit them regularly so you can enjoy some time with them and make sure that everything is ok. 


Helping your parents to maintain their independence is important as they age, and these are some of the best ways to do that. 

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Growing up close to my grandparents was amazing. I was so fortunate to have had them right down the road. Now that I am grown, I feel like I appreciate them more. We lost our grandmother a few years ago and if it wasn’t for Bella, my grandfather’s black lab mix, my grandfather probably wouldn’t have dealt with her loss as good as he did. They were married for a long time.

Recently we lost Bella to old age, this has been really hard on my grandfather. When I stop by to visit, some days he will ask me to let Bella out. Some days he will talk about missing her so much. We are moving him soon to a retirement villa where we can keep a better eye out on him so getting another dog is just not an option.

I was so relieved and excited to have found the Hasbro’s Joy for All Puppy. I took it to my grandfather and he was so happy he cried. It made me feel good knowing that he has a purpose again. Therefore he will continue to live a happier life. The puppy is so much like a real dog that he kept saying I hope they let me keep him at my new home. I wasn’t sure if he realized it wasn’t a real dog. He talked to it and was holding it and petting it. I love the fact I don’t have to worry about him forgetting to take the dog potty or feeding him.



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I taught him how to mute the dog for night time, and how to turn him on and off. This is a perfect companion for those aging love ones that don’t really need the responsibility of a pet, but long for one. He started calling him Buddy, saying he is my bud now. Of course, he calls me my sister’s names but he can remember his new companions name.

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