Maintaining Independence: An Ageless Goal
When you ask a young adult what is most important to them, most are happy to share how they want to maintain their independence and personal freedom to live their life as they see fit. So why would anyone expect a different answer from a senior?
It is no surprise to learn things change as we grow older. Our bodies change. Our minds change. Families and friendships evolve. Here are just a few signs a person may be needing support in keeping their independence:
- Mobility—moving between locations within the house or in the community may be difficult at times.
- Bathing—taking a shower or bath may take an extraordinary amount of effort to achieve.
- Dressing—changing clothes as needed is a difficult task.
- Cooking and Eating—having the ability to prepare and eat meals while using common utensils may require assistance.
Although this list may sound discouraging, it is a reality every person who is aging (even you) will confront at some point in life. The good news is there are many options and choices a person can make to continue to live a vibrant and independent life. Some of these options may include the exploration of assistive equipment, new modes of transportation or varying levels of caregiving support.
It can be difficult for an individual and their families when this moment of truth hits. Asking the right questions is an important aspect of finding the best care. Some of these questions may include:
- Does my insurance cover this service or product?
- Do I have the option to leave a service if I change my mind?
- How does my family, friends or other support network fit in with this new decision?
Rocky Mountain PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) can sometimes be a good option. The team at Rocky Mountain PACE believes in independence for seniors. Each day the staff coordinates a health care program to support seniors living life to its fullest. Coordinated health care helps keep a person on track so they can enjoy life to its fullest.
Regardless of the next step you take, remember you are not alone. The community offers many services and supports to help families and individuals through this transitional time to ensure the best outcome.