February 1st, 2018
It is not uncommon for seniors to suffer setbacks and blows to their self-esteem. This is especially true when one is accustomed to being independent. It’s only natural to struggle with our feelings when we lose the ability to perform a simple task or well-loved activity. Social isolation is a common result of low self-esteem. Avoiding activities for fear of seeming inept or inadequate is a telltale sign. While it can be difficult to witness, it may be even more difficult for your loved one to endure. And that’s why it’s important to discuss ways to increase elderly self-esteem, including high-quality Massachusetts in-home senior care. When we feel confident and happy at home, the sky is the limit. Confidence can be contagious, so it’s definitely something we like to share and share alike with the seniors we serve.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~ Les Brown
Ways to Increase Elderly Self-Esteem
- Talk About Changing Needs – As most of us know, it can be hard to ask for help. And that’s why it’s so important to ask your loved one if they need assistance with anything. We offer an array of home care services to meet your needs. If household tasks have become overwhelming, perhaps our heavy chore services are a good choice. With our assistance, Mom or Dad can feel good about their clean home and personal care.
- Focus on What They Can Do – Has it been a while since you talked about doable tasks and favorite activities? If so, now is the perfect time to do just that. It feels good to talk about things we enjoy doing and are accomplished at, which makes our companionship services a perfect fit. Our caregivers are always ready to lend an ear or offer a word of encouragement.
- Teachable Time – Perhaps Mom loves to bake but hasn’t been in the mood recently. A great way to boost confidence is by acting as a teacher. Gather in the kitchen for a baking lesson and watch Mom shine. Or get Dad’s pointers on the best way to paint model planes. Spending time with loved ones while they share their skills and talents is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Keeping loved ones included is extremely important, especially if they suffer from Alzheimer’s.
- Discuss the Past and Future – Looking back can give us insight into just how far we’ve come. Time has a way of showing how we’ve evolved and grown. Ask a favorite senior how he or she learned to become a master gardener, seamstress, or woodworker. And then help your loved one continue to learn and set new goals. Remember that you are never too old to learn something new!
We’re Here to Help
Here’s something else to remember: the benefits of in-home care are aplenty. Our skilled and trained home health aides provide loving elder care in Massachusetts. And helping Dad stay independent helps his self-esteem. Please contact us today for a free in-home senior care consultation!