Encourage, Don’t Discourage!
Caregivers are willing to ambitiously accept a vast array of responsibilities in order to provide exceptional care for loved-ones, friends, or patients. This caring nature often causes excessive dependence among care-recipients. Discouraging independence fosters mental decline, loss of self-confidence, and feelings of worthlessness. Encourage, don’t discourage, care-recipient independence.
- Encourage involvement in health care discussions. Regardless of ailment, age, or mental status, they’re present in the current situation. Value their opinions!
- Allow active participation in daily tasks and chores, ie. folding laundry, organizing medications, unpacking groceries, combing hair, dressing, etc… Don’t discourage helpfulness. Reassure care-recipients of their usefulness and positive contributions to the present lifestyle.
- Support mental independence by arranging cognitive activities encouraging critical thinking and exercising fine motor skills.
- Urge socialization through technology. Allow care-recipients to connect with family and friends via tablet, phone, or other devices.
- Assist with mental stimulation by encouraging reading and other interesting hobbies.
- Invigorate the care-recipient through friendly debates and discussions involving daily current events. Listen to their input and concerns.
- Motivate by praising shown progress.
Feelings of usefulness boost self-confidence and mental competency. Create a quality care environment by promoting physical and mental independence. Thank you for reading! Take care!