When people are getting older, they begin to notice changes in their physical capabilities and health. The risk of certain health issues increases with age, so does the risk of limited mobility. Other issues that can create challenges for seniors as they get older are vision-related problems. Home care support may be necessary or at least beneficial when an elderly individual has to go for eye surgery or some other vision-related work.
Caregivers can offer physical support.
Following eye surgery, the senior may not be able to see out of one or both eyes for a designated length of time. This could be for a few hours or several days, depending on the vision related problems they were dealing with and extent of the surgery.
There are many potential issues that can arise that require eye surgery, including cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and more.
When a senior is not able to see as clearly as they used to before the surgery, having that physical support can be instrumental in keeping them safe getting up from the couch, out of bed, to the bathroom, and elsewhere around home.
They can offer encouragement.
Home care aides can offer seniors encouragement, especially if they worked with other seniors through the years. Some caregivers have been doing this work for many, many years and have worked with clients who have gone through the same exact situation.
The senior, once he or she discovers this, may ask about the prognosis, how things worked out for that other senior or other seniors, and when they hear about positive results, it can help their emotional state of mind.
Aides can offer companionship.
When a person has gone through any type of surgery, sitting around alone can increase feelings of isolation and loneliness. This can increase the risk of depression and other depressive symptoms. By having companionship to read a book together, have the caregiver read the newspaper to the senior, or even playing games and having conversations can keep them distracted and feeling better about their circumstances at the moment.
It can improve safety.
With another person, another adult, there with the elderly individual, it can certainly improve safety. Not only can the caregiver keep track of the house, make sure nobody enters, field incoming calls, they can also run a few errands, such as getting food for the senior from the kitchen, helping them do the laundry, and keeping them focused on feeling positive and productive.
If You Or An Aging Loved One Are Considering Hiring Home Care Services in St. Petersburg, FL, Please Contact The Caring Staff At Assisting Hands Home Care Today! 727-748-4211.
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