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5 Ways to Honor an Aging Adult’s Privacy

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Growing older doesn’t mean seniors value their privacy any less. The truth is they need to maintain their privacy to build their self-confidence and boost their overall health. Here are a few ways family caregivers can honor their senior parent’s privacy.

1. Listen

Listening is a simple way to respect a senior’s privacy. When you truly listen to your elderly loved one, you may understand him or her better. Don’t interrupt your parent while he or she speaks. Wait until your loved one has finished so you can give a suitable reply. If your parent doesn’t feel like talking, respect his or her wishes.

Honoring an older adult’s wishes can be a tiresome job for overworked caregivers. Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Cleveland, Ohio, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.

2. Knock Before Entering the Bedroom

Family caregivers should never walk into their parent’s room when the door is shut. The bedroom may be the only area of the home where seniors feel like they have control, so entering without knocking is a direct violation of their privacy. However, if you knock several times and there’s no response, you should enter to ensure your loved one hasn’t been harmed or injured. Announce that you intend to open the door because your parent didn’t respond and that you’re entering to make sure he or she is okay.

3. Pay Attention to Body Language

The way seniors physically respond to a situation or person often speaks louder than words. If your loved one has folded arms while you’re talking, he or she may not be optimistic about what you’re saying. Personal space is also important for aging adults. Watch how your parent responds when you’re talking. When seniors back up or move away while talking, it could indicate their personal space is being violated. 

While some physical cues represent a violation of privacy, others may indicate the development of a serious health issue. Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Cleveland seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more.

4. Encourage Independence

Losing control of their health could cause seniors to become depressed and isolated, but encouraging independence is one way to honor their privacy. You can help your loved one out with daily activities, but let him or her perform tasks independently without overstepping. When you encourage independence, you allow your parent to maintain some control over his or her life, which includes personal space.

5. Be More Trusting

When seniors have to explain themselves and justify their actions, it could feel like an invasion of privacy. Your loved one can still make most of the decisions in his or her life, even if you don’t always agree. Judging your parent and failing to trust him or her could disrupt the atmosphere at your home. Everyone makes mistakes, but not every error warrants a lecture.

Older adults who want to age in the comfort of home without having their privacy violated should consider professional in-home care. In Cleveland, home care providers can benefit aging adults in a variety of ways. From cooking nutritious meals to offering timely medication reminders, the dedicated caregivers at Home Care Assistance are available to help your elderly loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your aging parent, give us a call at (440) 332-0170 today.

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