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Tools for self-care independence

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Self-Care and the Older Adult 

 

Older adults with physical problems are less likely to do their own self-care routines. Self-care routines include activities like bathing, getting dressed, going to the bathroom, and eating. People tend to feel better about themselves when they can do these activities independently.

 

When a person is unable to do these activities on their own, they may feel sad, stressed, or lonely.  This can affect their ability to connect with others and feel satisfied with life.  It is important for caregivers to recognize this when helping older adults to make self-care a more positive experience.  

 

 

Tips to reduce stress when caring for a loved one during self-care:

  • Avoid criticizing when the older adult is having difficulty with activities.
  • Avoid using a demanding attitude.
  • Be sensitive at all times.

 

 These suggestions can help to decrease stress in the older adult and reduce their risk for depression.

 

 

Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with older adults and caregivers to find the best tools to raise self-care independence. They also help them learn how to use these tools.  Visit the American Occupational Therapy Association site to learn more about how OTs can help you!

 

 

 

Websites where you can find tools for independence:

  • AbleData provides information about products that assist with self-care for people of all ages and needs.
  • Active Forever  offers a variety self-care products that increase independent living.

 

 

  • North Coast Medical sells items that make life easier for the older adult. Products include bath and hygiene aids, bath safety tools, dressing aids, reachers, eating and dining utensils.

 

 

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