Maintaining Independence – Practical Tips for Older People and their Families

When older people experience a decline in their physical abilities due to illness or an event such as a fall, it can be tricky to help them to maintain their independence and remain in their own home.  Their friends may be in a similar predicament and family members are often trying to juggle jobs and children, so time is in short supply.  Ideally, the precious time that is available should be quality time to enjoy each other’s company rather than a stressful rush to do all the “jobs” which inevitably leads to frayed tempers and, worse case scenario, a failure to cope.