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The Importance of Independence for Seniors

Seniors, who have spent their entire lives living independently and raising a family, can feel that their independence is being threatened when a family member or loved one suggests relocating to a nursing home or assisted living facility. As a trusted Santa Clarita home care provider, we are very familiar with this situation, and wanted to share some insight about the relationship between aging and independence.

Aging and Independence

Studies show that seniors who retain independence have better relationships with their families, make better health and financial choices, and overall, express more satisfaction with their quality of life. There are also direct health and quality of life benefits to seniors remaining active and independent, including:

  • A strong sense of community so they do not feel lonely or isolated
  • Feelings of purpose which enhances recovery from illness and staves off depression
  • Motivation to stay active through physical activity
  • A level of control over their lives, health options, and other lifestyle choices

Supporting Senior Independence

Seniors are capable of living fulfilling lives even when changes in health or illness are present. Family members who take an active role in the lives of their senior loved ones are able to preserve as much independence as possible by providing help with daily activities as well as emotional support to promote a positive outlook.

When families live out-of-state, have prior work obligations, or lack time to check in on parents and relatives regularly, local home care agencies can support the goal of aging in place. Trained caregivers provide flexible live-in and hourly care in Santa Clarita, and know when to allow a senior to perform a task independently and when to step in and offer a helping hand. With assistance from an in-home caregiver, seniors can continue with their regular routines, frequent familiar restaurants and stores, and enjoy the comforts of home.

See if Home Care is Right for Your Loved One

It is important for seniors to be able to enjoy the fruits of their lifetime accomplishments, bask in the company of friends and family, and get involved in activities they always enjoyed or wanted to try. Allow them to do so by providing them with professional and reliable in-home care from Home Care Assistance of Santa Clarita. Call us at (661) 259-9914 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager and see how an experienced in-home caregiver could benefit your parent, grandparent, or loved one.