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Your elderly family member’s desire for independence might be a sore point between you both. Importantly, having some extra help from elder care services can increase your senior’s independence and help you to accomplish more at the same time.

Elder Care Shadyside PA - Elder Care and Independence

Elder Care Shadyside PA – Elder Care and Independence

Aging in Place Is Possible

If your senior’s major goal is independence, she likely wants to remain in her home for as long as she can. That’s called aging in place and there are potential issues that might make aging in place difficult for your elderly family member. With the help of elder care providers, though, your elderly family member may be able to stay in her own home for far longer than she expected. She won’t have to worry about making a change until she decides to do so.

Stress Levels Are Likely to Be Lower for Everyone

When your elderly family member knows that she has someone there to help her, whether that’s you or elder care providers, life feels a little less difficult for her. That means that her overall stress levels are likely to be a little lower than they have been. It’s not always obvious, but those small concerns about what happens if something is more difficult than your senior expects creates more stress than she realizes.

Safety at Home Is Easier to Manage

Part of remaining independent involves remaining safe, too. Elder care providers have experience in making sure that aging family members are safe at home. From assisting with mobility concerns to watching out for tripping hazards and other safety issues, they can be your front-line defense when it comes to keeping your elderly family member as safe as possible.

You’ve Got Respite Assistance

It’s difficult to relax when you aren’t sure how your elderly family member is doing. Whether you’re trying to catch up on rest or you’re dealing with other obligations, it helps to know that elder care providers are right there with your senior in case something should happen. It’s a huge load off of your mind when you’re not constantly worrying about whether your elderly family member is okay or not.

Being independent doesn’t have to mean going it alone. Your senior can do far more with help to maintain her independence than she might have thought she could. Over time she may find that she’s able to let go of some tasks and further improve her overall feelings of independence.

If you or a loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Shadyside PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
About the author: Laura Partridge
Laura Partridge, the Business Development Manager for Star Multi Care Services has been with the company since 2002. Prior to her current role, she had served as the Administrator of the Pittsburgh branch for 10 years, as well as holding positions within health systems in New York and Pennsylvania as a Nursing Home Administrator and Regional Director of Operations of Independent and Assisted Living facilities. Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, and currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for both the Alliance for Community Respite Care and Gateway Health Plan. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and North Allegheny baseball, softball and lacrosse Boosters. Community Engagement and Education has been her passion and she enjoys teaching opportunities for the American Red Cross and a local community college as well as collaborative grant writing with various healthcare and education partners. Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more free time on fields and courts than she does at home. Although they live in Pittsburgh, you will never see a Steelers logo in their home. Instead, the Bills, Sabres and some Pirates gear are more often visible. “My empathy is always for the underdog. They usually work harder than everyone else.”. –Laura Partridge Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele