As a caregiver, you want to help your loved one remain as independent as possible. Activity and independence are good for the body and mind.

Let your loved one do what they can on their own. Support hobbies and social engagements. Encourage them to take care of their current health needs and take advantage of Medicare-covered screenings to catch health problems early. Respect their opinions, and be aware that your loved one may be sensitive about their limitations.

Remember that there are many options between staying at home and going to a nursing home, a benefit only covered by Medicare when your loved one requires substantial medical attention.

You can brainstorm together about minor modifications that could make daily activities more manageable. Living spaces can often be renovated to accommodate disabilities. You can also find out whether there are other people or programs in the area that may be able to help your loved one with things like transportation and meals.