Caring too much is surprisingly possible. Over-caring can take away from a senior or disabled person’s sense of independence, which can be damaging to his or her self-worth. When creating a care plan with your loved one, go over activities of daily living with him or her to determine what areas the person needs assistance with and what areas he or she may be able to continue to manage independently or with limited assistance and create some boundaries to help prevent over-caring from the caregiver.

The following are some areas of care that you and your loved one should discuss:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Hygiene
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
  • Paying bills
  • Transportation
  • Pet care
  • Meal preparation
  • Walking

Determining which activities require assistance and which activities loved ones can still manage on their own is a big step towards enhancing independence comfortably and safely. Live Free Home Health Care’s caregivers can help you and your loved one assess where care is needed and create a care plan that works for you. Contact us today in the Lakes Region and Central New Hampshire to learn more about encouraging independence in an elderly loved one or to find out how your loved one might benefit from our in-home care services.