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A Guide to Caring for Seniors


The well-being of your parents or loved ones is the most important consideration as they age into a new phase of life. Making the decision to help seniors move from a lifestyle that may not be beneficial to their overall health, to one that is better for their emotional, mental, and physical health can make all the difference.

There are a few signs to look for in a senior's day-to-day routine that will give you understanding on when it's time to lend a helping hand and when to encourage independence. Some activities are essential for your loved ones to accomplish on their own. The completion of these simple daily tasks could determine their best living situation. If these tasks are difficult for your loved one, investing in the proper equipment can also help them continue their responsibilities independently.

Activities include:

  • Self-feeding
  • Functional Mobility
    • Moving while performing activities
    • getting in and out of bed
    • Getting in and out of a chair
  • Dressing
  • Bathing or Showering
  • Personal Hygiene
    • Brushing or styling hair
    • Shaving
    • Grooming activities
  • Toilet Hygiene
    • Getting to and from the toilet
    • Self-cleaning

Activities that require independent functioning but aren't fundamental can require more assistance as we age. They may call for a little more reliability on others.

Activities include:

  • Cooking and preparing meals
  • Cleaning and maintaining the home
  • Running errands
  • Managing money and paying bills
  • Speaking or communicating on the phone or through other devices
  • Taking prescribed medications

Independent functioning is important for the well-being of seniors. If your loved one has impaired mobility or health issues that make it difficult for them to perform these tasks independently, remember that it's always okay to help. Whether it's you, other family members, or a professional caregiver, there are resources available to provide a positive experience for your family and make this journey a positive one for your parent or loved one.

Evergreen Place and Evergreen Village in Normal are great places for your parent or loved one to keep their independence while having a helpful hand nearby. We offer worry-free assisted living for seniors and our caregivers are dedicated to the happiness and satisfaction of your loved ones. Call today to learn more and schedule a tour.

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