Staying Independent

Staying independent is crucial, not just for a sense of self-worth, but also to help people stay at home, happier for longer.

Find a local group

Find a local group to join, for coffee mornings, art clubs, memory café.

Be open

If you are still working, try to be as open as you can with your manager and colleagues with what is happening. Discuss ways in which your role can be adapted to enable you to continue working for longer. Keeping to a routine at work could be helpful, as you will know what is expected of you each day.

Try Volunteering

Look into some volunteering opportunities. A lot of charity shops may have opportunities and local parks may have groups doing litter picking, which is a great way to keep active as well!

Plan everyday

Start everyday with planning what you can do for yourself and focus on these tasks to help maintain independence in this area for as long as possible.

Accept some help

Be open to accepting some help which will assist you in remaining as independent as possible. Whether this is a form of technology, help from a friend or family member or a product to aid mobility.

Maintain focus

Try to maintain focus on what you are still able to do independently and not what you are not able to do.