According to a 2010 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, self esteem begins to decline at around the time a person retires. The study involved surveying people between the ages of 25 and 104. The researchers determined that a person’s self esteem was largely influenced by the quality of relationships people had.
Researchers who conducted a study stated that self esteem really had nothing to do with age, but with quality of life. They said that a person’s quality of life, including their social interactions and ability to deal with things like physical disability and cognitive impairment, played a major role in how older adults felt about themselves.
These studies both support the fact that seniors need to remain connected with others as well as needing to retain a good quality of life regardless of their physical or cognitive issues. One way to help boost self esteem in your aging relative is to hire a senior homecare provider who can assist with both personal care and social connection. Below are just five ways that a homecare provider can help boost self esteem.
#1 Help with Dressing and Grooming
When we look good, we feel better about ourselves. Simple things like dressing, shaving, applying makeup, and styling hair can be difficult or even impossible for seniors who have unsteady or arthritic hands, or who have poor vision. A homecare provider can help with all of these things, while also preserving your loved one’s dignity.
#2 A Tidier Home
Living in a clean and pleasant environment can help a person to feel better about themselves. In addition, it can make an older adult more likely to want to have visitors. Homecare providers can assist with light housekeeping duties like vacuuming, dusting, and sweeping. They can also keep the house picked up and free of clutter.
#3 Going on Outings
Outings are an important part of helping seniors to remain socially connected. However, many older adults have trouble going out of the house on their own because of disabilities or transportation issues. Homecare providers can take them where they need to go, such as the grocery store, to religious services, or just to visit friends. Homecare providers can even help with trips to places like the museum, zoo, or a theater.
#4 Promoting Independence
Having a homecare provider allows an older adult to remain more independent than if they were to live in a long-term facility. With a senior care provider, many older adults are able to live in their homes for longer.
#5 Confidence that Needs Will Be Cared For
Knowing that a homecare provider will be stopping in to assist with their needs can make older adults feel safer and more confident living on their own. Senior care helps to relieve some of the stress they might feel about whether certain things will get done around the house, or if they will be able to manage daily activities of living.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.