There are a number of things that can stop people being as independent as they would like. Getting older can put limitations on the amount someone can do. And physical, mental learning disabilities can do the same. A feeling of lacking independence can be difficult to deal with for many. Luckily, there are ways to help people become more independent, even if they still need care. Thinking about different housing and care options can help to put a plan in place. If you or someone you know wants to gain more independence or retain the independent life they already have, consider some of these options.


Consider Housing Options

Your choice of living space can make a significant difference to how independent you can be. Many people believe that staying in the home they’re familiar with is the best choice to keep their independence. However, this isn’t always the case. It’s much easier to remain independent in your own home with care. Someone can be there to help with any tasks you find difficult. But it’s not the only option for having any care needs met and staying relatively independent. You can also consider an assisted living home or a similar facility. Support is available but residents can still lead their own lives.

Hire a Carer/Personal Assistant

Many people see having someone care for them as having their independence taken away. But often it can help to make you more independent and capable of continuing with your daily life. A carer (or personal assistant) can help you to do more. It could be going to work, socialising or even just getting up in the morning. People who need someone to help them 24/7 might consider hiring a live in carer. With someone living in their home to help care for them, it can be easier to do daily tasks and to get out and about.

Skills for Work

Being able to support yourself can be difficult if you have a disability or illness. Working isn’t always necessary, or even realistically possible. But many people want to be in work. Finding help to do that can be difficult, though. First, people need to have the right skills to find a job. That might involve finding a specialist course or having extra support to attend a mainstream programme. Then you need help finding and staying in work. It’s a good idea to look up charities that can help, as well as seeing which benefits are available.

Social Activities

Having a social life is essential, but it can be difficult when it’s harder to leave the house. Carers can help people to get out and about. There are also events, facilities and groups to help people maintain a social life. Transport can be a major factor in this, so making sure that someone can get around is important.

Many people are very protective of their independence, and needing care can be difficult to deal with. But there are several ways care can increase independence instead of reducing it.

About The Author


I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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