The importance of fostering independence for seniors
Independency and dignity are key when it comes to maintaining quality of life for older people. Living independently is something many seniors and their family strive for, and with good reason. There are huge advantages that come from actively pursuing independence into old age, both physical and mental.
Why is independent living important for seniors?
Independence looks different for everyone, and levels of dependency upon others will change as a person progresses through their later years. But having a sense of living life on their own terms as much as possible is key to maintaining a sense of identity and purpose in life.
Loss of independence and ability can lead to a person feeling isolated, and somewhat adrift within their own life. Having a role to play, jobs to do and projects to undertake, however small, can help enormously with self-esteem and overall happiness. On the other hand, losing a sense of purpose can negatively affect mental health and even lead to depression.
Fostering independence also helps maintain a sense of control over their lives. This is especially important for older people, for whom increasing health and mobility issues can create feelings of losing control.
Promoting independent living also has many physical benefits for older people. Maintaining movement and everyday activities as far as is safe and possible helps seniors stay fitter and maintain muscle mass, which in turn helps with balance. Feeling stronger also acts as motivation to stay active in other ways.
How a care home can foster independence
Independency is flexible. While remaining in their own home is often an important element of this for older people, care and independence can go hand in hand. Moving into a care home does not mean the end of independent living; in fact, it’s often quite the opposite. The support offered in a care home or centre can help a person stay independent for longer, safe in the knowledge that their needs will be met.
But not all care homes are the same. The Wessex Care family puts privacy, dignity and independence at the forefront across all its care homes and centres. Within this ethos, Wessex Care offers a range of care options across its centres, meaning residents will be encouraged to seek a level of independence that is appropriate and achievable for them, surrounded by dedicated support.
For example, at Holmwood Residential Care centre, facilities are provided to help residents maintain independence, such as a kitchen for them to prepare drinks and snacks for themselves and their visitors.
At Milford Manor Care Home, specialist care is provided around the clock to adults with a mental health challenge, such as dementia. This high level of support creates a safe, encouraging space, giving residents the confidence to express themselves and play a role in decision making.
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