Age has nothing to do with feeling old. For some people, feeling old may begin at a very early age due to chronic illnesses and acute incidents that exacerbate their health conditions. However, most adults want to stay as young and independent as they can as long as they are able, even with the assistance of elder home care.
The name elder home care may put some people off, but what’s in a name? Leave off the word elder and think of it as care for an aging adult family member and this is what elder home care is all about. Below is a list of just a few of the services that a care provider can offer someone right from home:
- Assistance with daily chores: We aren’t talking about heavy household responsibilities like moving furniture and repairing the appliances, but light housekeeping vacuuming, dusting, stacking the dishwasher, unloading it, and other basic tasks.
- Meal prep: This includes grocery shopping and stocking the pantry. No one expects the care provider to be a gourmet chef, however, keeping mom or dad safe in the kitchen and on track with doctor recommended diets may be beneficial.
- Companionship: Your mom or dad may still be living in their home alone and the days and evenings may get a bit lonely, especially if they are no longer able to drive to visit friends and family on their own. Having a companion stop in and share a conversation, sip some tea, or even go out for a little afternoon event may be enjoyable.
- Personal care: As your mom or dad’s needs increase, services may also be reassessed to meet the supports they need. This can include help with bathing, dressing, shaving, combing hair, toileting and incontinence care.
The numbers of senior citizens are increasing as our population grows and people continue to live longer. A growing demographic of elderly seniors without adult children to assist them has made elder home care a more popular choice than ever. This growing population an opportunity to remain independently happy in their own homes for as long as they are able.