3 Ways To Provide Your Live-In Parent With More Independence

Leon Bowman

Taking care of an elderly live-in parent can be rewarding in many ways – you get to spend plenty of quality time together, you know that your parent is treated well every day, and your parent's quality of life is better than it was when they were living alone. But, it can be tough for your parent to lose some of their independence once they move in with you. Here are a few effective ways to help them gain some of that lost independence back:

Provide Regular Physiotherapy Sessions

In order for your parent to maintain any independence, they need to stay physically and mentally fit. There are a variety of benefits to providing your parent with regular physiotherapy sessions, such as:

  • Pain minimization.
  • Increased mobility.
  • Improved motor function.

Physiotherapy also has the ability to improve cardiorespiratory function, helping to keep problems like asthma and lung disease at bay. This type of therapy also helps to keep the elderly active so that physical outings, such as bowling and walking for exercise, remain easy to do without the need for a lot of pain medication. Contact a company like South Sherbrook Therapy for more information.

Create a Cozy Studio Apartment Atmosphere

If your parent is like most others who end up moving in with a child, they probably miss living in their own place at least sometimes. You can help squelch that problem somewhat by setting up their room like a small studio apartment to enjoy. Try one or more of these ideas:

  • Install a floating shelf on the wall to use as a mini-kitchen by putting a microwave and coffee pot on top of it, and a small fridge and rack for disposable dishes underneath it. This allows for snacks to be warmed up and warm drinks to be enjoyed at any time.
  • Set the bed up lengthwise against the wall and add large pillows along the back of it so it can be used as a couch during daylight hours. At night, the pillows can simply be moved aside.
  • Include a coffee table and end table near the seating area to create a living room-like atmosphere.

Consider putting a lock on the door so your parent have control over their space and to ensure that it is safe from intruding kids and pets.

Make Access to an Active Social Life a Priority

Making sure that your parent has access to a healthy social life that includes functions with friends, community gatherings, and other social engagements helps to minimize their chance of developing depression, while at the same time increase their cognitive heath.

Host a monthly book club at your home for your parent and their friends, get your parent involved in community bowling or painting clubs, and encourage neighbors with live-in parents to get together once in a while. It all adds up!

These ideas offer up an easy way to stay involved with your parent's life while giving them a sense of independence at the same time.