Getting older is not for the faint of heart. It can be very difficult for seniors to realize that they are unable to do certain things for themselves. For example, a senior may feel that they are not the best driver; however, telling that to anyone else would be like consigning themselves to be a homebody for the rest of their lives. For this reason, seniors' licenses usually have to be taken away instead of them being offered up. Seniors cling to their independence for as long as possible. Understanding this reality can help you, as a concerned friend or family member, to be more sensitive to the difficult struggle your friend, parent, or grandparent may be going through. A struggle that is equally difficult for many seniors is deciding whether or not they are still capable of living alone. Luckily, there are more options than just a nursing home or assisted living.
In-home senior care comes in all shapes and sizes and can help seniors to maintain the independence they have for as long as possible. While some seniors may need more help, others may just need a once weekly visit or someone to do specific chores for them. Here is the 3 most common in-home care items that are offered.
Nutritional Care: One of the most rigorous and often difficult chores that has plagued many a housewife is preparing a family's or individual's daily meals. Purchasing, storing, and preparing food can be a very difficult task to accomplish, and may seem overwhelming to an elderly person that lives alone. Many seniors suffer from not eating enough because they feel that it is not worth the cost or time. Or if they have been malnourished for a period of time, they may not have have the energy. Nutritional care gives clients the peace of mind that their loved one is eating well-balanced meals on a normal schedule.
Housework: Another set of difficult tasks to handle is the demands of keeping up a home. While a senior may be able to do their dishes and keep their bed made, other chores such as dusting, mopping, organization, and general up-keep may be lacking. Having someone come in to help with the housework ensures that your loved one will be well cared for in a place worthy of their time.
Transportation Services: As previously mentioned, driving can be difficult for many seniors. Having someone to drive your loved one to and from medical appointments or to run errands can save you a lot of time and money should they get into an accident on their own.