Promoting Independence in Elderly Care

At Home Instead, we understand the importance of independence as we get older. Maintaining independence is really important for dignity, self-esteem, and overall well-being.

Chorlton, Didsbury, Burnage Stretford and Urmston provide a wealth of opportunities and resources to help the elderly stay active and engaged, whilst we provide either hourly visits or live-in care to ensure people receive the care they need. Here we will explore ways to empower elderly individuals to maintain their independence through local activities, assistive technologies, and adaptive strategies.

Here are some local groups and events specifically designed to support the elderly…

Craft Session

The Toy House, Flixton

Tuesday

10.00 am – 12.00 pm

0161 755 8185

Urmston Social Club

AGE UK

Church Road, Urmston

Monday 11.30 am – 1.30 pm

0161 746 7000

Singing Together

Stretford Public Hall, Stretford

Monday

10.00 am – 12.00 pm

0161 989 1689

Crazyhorse Crew Line Dancing

St Matthews Hall, Stretford

Friday

7.30 pm – 10.00 pm

0161 865 1750

Men's Social Snooker Afternoon

South Manchester Cricket Club, Chorlton

Tuesday

1.30 pm – 3.00 pm

Wellbeing Wednesday (activities, tea and light lunch)

Burnage Community Centre, Burnage

Wednesday

10.00 am – 2.00 pm

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Assistive Technologies

In addition to local activities, various assistive technologies can support independent living for the elderly. Here are some technologies that can make a significant difference:

Mobility Aids

Devices like walkers, canes, and motorised scooters can help elderly individuals move around more freely and confidently.

Health Monitoring Devices

Wearable devices that monitor vital signs, medication reminders, and emergency response systems ensure that elderly individuals can manage their health independently.

Home Automation

Smart home technologies, such as voice-activated assistants, automated lighting, and security systems, can enhance safety and convenience in the home.

Adaptive Strategies

Incorporating adaptive strategies into daily routines can also promote independence:

Home Modifications

Simple modifications like installing grab bars in the bathroom, using non-slip mats, and ensuring proper lighting can prevent accidents and make the home environment safer.

If you think that a loved one might benefit from these kind of adaptations , please ask your GP for a referral to an Occupational Therapist who will be able to determine which adaptations might be most useful. You could also speak to a private Occupational Therapist such as https://thecareteam.co.uk/

Physical Exercise

Encouraging regular physical activity, such as gentle yoga or walking groups, can improve strength, balance, and overall health.

Some options:

Yoga Class, St John’s Centre, Old Trafford, Sunday, 10.00 am – 11.00 am, 07985 347 097

Or..

Exercise Class, Wilbraham Saint Ninian’s, Chorlton, M21 0XJ, Monday & Wednesday, 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm, 0161 881 2925

Social Engagement

Staying socially active through community groups, volunteering, or maintaining hobbies can boost mental health and reduce feelings of isolation.

Such as:

Guitar Group, Didsbury Neighbourhood Centre, Didsbury Park  Didsbury, M20 6WH, Tuesday, 1.30pm – 3.30 pm, 07749 504 298

Or…

Urmston Chess Club, Urmston Sports Club, Thursday, 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm, 07716 988123

At Home Instead, we are dedicated to promoting the independence of elderly individuals. By taking advantage of local activities, assistive technologies, and adaptive strategies, we can empower the elderly to live fulfilling, independent lives while receiving the care they need. If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about how we can support your independence, please contact us today. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of the elderly in our community.