Accepting a Little Help to Maintain Independence at Home

Agreeing to accept help from others is a difficult decision, because our own pride or independence seems to be in question. However, if frailty requires accepting assistance where needed, it is actually the best way to remain independent at home. Additionally, family caregivers also need to be able to ask others for help in order to decrease stress, maintain their own health, and to be able to provide the best possible care for their loved ones.

Contact Independence-4-Seniors of Hinsdale in the Chicago area for information on how to accept help from others as well as how to help loved ones maintain their independence at home.

Downloadable Tools and Tips:

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Web Resources:

Click the links below to access resource websites to learn more about helping others maintain independence at home.

Helping Alzheimer's Patients Stay Independent
While family members and friends of a person with Alzheimer's disease just want to help their loved one remain independent, taking over tasks that the person is capable of doing can actually reduce the person's feelings of independence and self worth. This article offers some helpful tips and insight on how to help without over-helping.

Stairway Modifications for Fall Prevention
Aging in place means creating a safe environment in the home. This guide identifies common issues with stairways and lists modifications that can be made to prevent stairway falls.

Family Caregivers: How to Ask for Help
Caring for a loved one can be overwhelming. Mayo Clinic offers some helpful tips in this podcast transcript about things that you can do to be a more effective caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's.

One Person’s Idea on Where to Install & How to Use Grab Bars
Simple home modifications can help seniors maintain a safer and more independent life at home. This video provides some helpful tips on where to install and how to use grab bars in a particular bathroom. Note that individual needs and configuration of the room makes for the particular solution.

Lotsa Helping Hands
Need some help caring for a loved one? Lotsa Helping Hands offers a unique tool to help you organize tasks and schedule others to help.


Enhancing Life at Home One Day at a Time.


Important Resources for Seniors

Something to Talk About

Quotes from our ClientsHow do we begin to thank you for the wonderful support and care you gave to Mom and the entire family. Her illness was brief, which was a blessing. Out of all the bad came some good. We were honored to have Eileen move so willingly into Mom’s home and care for her for those few weeks. She not only took care of Mom, but all of us. She tenderly guided us through the process of Mom’s death. Eileen is an amazing and talented woman who quickly became a part of our family. We are richer people for her presence in our lives. It became apparent that there were angels along the journey of Mom’s illness and death. The both of you and especially Eileen are among those angels. Thank you!

- Fondly, the family of M.R.

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